Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, October 28, 2004 ]

 

Democracy

Today, I stood in a crowd of what is estimated to be 80,000 people at a John Kerry rally at the Capitol. (I think that estimate might even be a little low, especially when you take into account the literally hundreds of people sitting on balconies and roofs.) John Kerry was there, as were Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Paul Cebar, Sen. Russ Feingold, Sen. Herb Kohl, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Gov. Jim Doyle, Lieut. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Atty. Gen. Peg Lautenschlager, State Supt. of Schools Elizabeth Burmaster, Dane County Executor Kathleen Falk and Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. Except for the obvious fact that they were an all-white group, this represented one of the most complete onslaughts of partisan persuasion I've ever been witness to, and even though I can give two shits about Doyle, Cieslewicz and the rest, the fact that Baldwin, Feingold, Springsteen and Grohl all joined with (hopefully) our next President - and the other 80,000 of us - was truly a spectacle to behold.

As usual, Bruce Springsteen proved to be a constant source of inspiration. After a particularly insipid introduction from Jim Doyle (who's damned good at insipid speeches), Springsteen played "The Promised Land" and "No Surrender" - two of his best - along with interspersed comments, poignant and pointed, that made me wish he was the candidate. Oh well.

The whole thing gave me a good feeling. Reminded me that there are a helluva lot of people who are willing to stand up and say "no." Reminded me that there are a helluva lot of Kerry voters in this community. Reminded me that democracy isn't dead, despite the right wing's best attempts to kill it from within.

Now, all we've gotta do is win next Tuesday...

Other things I did the past couple days:
-Voted. As cliche as it sounds, it gives me a good feeling to exercise one of the few rights of access that most folks still have access to.
-Saw Wilco play. Good-to-great show, not the best I've ever seen, but a night of consistent intensity. They did play their beautiful cover of "Be Not So Fearful" as a closer, with a reminder to vote for Kerry.
-Totally fell in love with the new Nick Cave album and the song "One Million Little Bombs" by Buddy Miller.
-Realized that the band I play with has infinitely more potential than I ever thought we did.
-Giggled with glee at the fact that Bush is now being investigated by the FBI for the Halliburton business.

On the box right now: Nick Cave, THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS.

REGISTER AND VOTE!!! IF YOU DON'T, YOU SPIT ON THE GRAVES OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR THE RIGHT.

Peace...

Dove With Claws [5:28 PM]

[ Sunday, October 24, 2004 ]

 

Making me happy...

...can be a difficult thing, particularly in such scoundrel times. Luckily, two things made me happy today:

1)The documentary WELLSTONE! (www.carryitforward.org), which is beautifully made and stirring.

2)The fact that Bill O'Reilly's self-righteous ass has to deal with this: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html He's innocent until proven guilty, of course, but I hope they hold his feet - his arrogant, mean-spirited feet - to every flame possible.

On the box right now: Mos Def, THE DANGEROUS MIX. A friend hooked me up with this compilation of non-LP stuff, including the classic cut "Beef," previously only available on his website.

REGISTER AND VOTE!!! IF YOU DON'T, YOU SPIT ON THE GRAVES OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR THE RIGHT.

Peace...

Dove With Claws [6:58 PM]