As a 30-year veteran of the Mainstream Media, I am obliged — no, required — to preserve the illusion of objectivity when it comes to matters of public interest.
That renders me a bit of a second-class citizen at any time, but particularly at election time. Unlike many of my fellow music bloggers, I am not free to tell you who I have supported during this long presidential campaign, not that it would factor in your decision.
Regardless, please go vote on Tuesday … unless you’ve already done so, as I have.
Hear, then, the voice of Roebuck “Pops” Staples.
Somebody out there got to listen
Somebody out there got to know what I’m talkin’ ’bout
Raise your hands, raise your hands if you’re with me
Give us hope in a hopeless world
You’ve got to listen to the voice inside
About peace and love; don’t compromise
Realize that time is passing by
There are mountains to climb
Can’t be standing still
“Hope In A Hopeless World,” Pops Staples, from “Father Father,” 1994. Out of print, but mp3s available from Amazon.
Indeed, do your thing.
“Do Your Thing,” Kashmere Stage Band, from “Texas Thunder Soul: 1968-74,” 2006. The funkiest high school band you ever heard. It blew out of Houston, Texas, during the Nixon administration.