Sunday, August 31, 2008

DNC soundtrack

I'm listening to / watching some speeches that I missed from the DNC. (And calling it that, I'm reminded of when someone got D and C mixed up with DNC. Freudian? Maybe.) Kucinich was a bit alarming with his yelling, but that's ok, he's doomed to be fringe forever, since he's as close to the left as you can be and still get elected.. I had hopes and dreams for Kathleen Sebelius, but after Kucinich, her speech seemed rather boring. She did, however, speak candidly about Obama's plans, in such a way that I believed her. (I have trouble believing Obama. He comes off as glib, canned, sound byte-y, preachy, and untrustworthy to me.)

I wish iTunes had the video version of Caroline and Ted Kennedy's speeches, because it included a little video tribute to Teddy, which would have been nice. I only recently learned anything of substance about Teddy, and now I wish that he were running because I like him a lot better than any of the candidates (even Hillary). Now I find myself searching for a new candidate. Hillary's out (and she was never ideal to begin with), Obama doesn't do anything for me, and Teddy has a brain tumor. Where's another Kennedy when you need one? (Patrick?)

The music for before and after these speeches is what really gets to me. Before Caroline spoke, they played "Sweet Caroline," (ba-ba-baaaa!), I bet she gets that a lot. Then after Teddy, it was "Still the one," which I felt was a little condescending and sad, like, "you're on your deathbed, but we still tote you out to remind us what it means to be a democrat." When Hillary came on stage (introduced by Chelsea-- any hope there?) they played a song I don't know whose lyrics go something like, "yes you can / change the world." Obviously, this was written for Obama's campaign.

And with that it occured to me that political music is a lot like Christian rock. Think about it. It's persuasive but tame, the lyrics are clear, and the music is catchy, making you want to sing along and be indoctrinated. It makes me shudder.


  1. I came back again because I remembered I wanted to ask you if the Obama ad on abortion rights made you like him just a bit more.

    It did me.

  2. If you mean this one:

    Yeah, that makes me feel good about being a democrat.

    (If that's not the one, which one? I hadn't seen any before you brought it up.)

  3. No, he put out a radio ad slamming McCain on abortion (so I read in the news; I can't find a file to listen to online).

    I like that he's not shying away from making this a campaign issue.