ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

MARC BROWNSTEIN
The Disco Biscuits

Why is it important to vote?


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Participatory democracy only works really well when everyone participates. If you choose not to exercise your right to vote, you forfeit your right to defend your basic freedoms. Voting may be the easiest way of ensuring that the decisions that are being made are representative of the way you feel.

Is this election any different than elections past?

Well, for one we are at war. And that is something that hasn't been happening in an election year in my lifetime. Well definitely not a war of this magnitude and danger.

Danger is the key word here. Many people feel that the direction our country is heading is very dangerous, but only time will tell. I am not that scared, but I live in Santa Cruz, and somehow I feel safe here.

Do politics have a place in music?
Why or why not?

Well, according to Danny Goldberg in the new issue of Relix, it is a myth that politics were ever that prevalent in music, other than a few songs out of hundreds of records. I knew that the Dead and Phish were decidedly apolitical, and I respect that completely. I do believe that the music should take you elsewhere. I think of the music as the escape mechanism, the fantasy world. That's just the reason I do HeadCount though, because I do care about the direction of the country, I just don't necessarily want to sing about it, and I would bet a lot of artists agree. Not U2 though, definitely not U2.

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