ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

AL SCHNIER
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Why is it important to vote?

Not only is it our right to representation, it is also our responsibility. We need to be a part of the equation, or else democracy on this level cannot work. It becomes a tool for an elite lobby system that typically favors big business and not the welfare of the community at large (sound familiar?)

Is this election any different than elections past?

Yes. More than ever, our place in the world community is being jeopardized by the misled actions of our current administration. We should be leading by example, not by intimidation. If we focused on basic rights (human/plant/animal/etc), the environment, education and basic health care and stopped chasing profits, the world would be a much better place. We need to start thinking a little less short term.

Do politics have a place in music?

Yes.

Why or why not?

Music is a means of expression. Artists convey insight into the human condition. Music is also an escape (from that very same condition). The trick is balancing the two. Some of our greatest music is political - Bob Marley, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, The Clash, R.E.M., Pink Floyd, The Beatles. The key is that these artists have all created some of our best non-political music as well.

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