A friend of mine who has been very successful in the Southern Rock genre has, like many artist over the last few years, begun to share his hopes for and disappointments in our current political entanglements. I don’t know what he says or doesn’t say from the stage, but he hasn’t been afraid to post his views on social media. Has he been greeted with rock star fanfare? What does “Stick to music,” sound like to you?
There lies the Artist’s predicament. Whether to be clear about one’s views on the issues of these days or to play it safe and appear to be neutral; remain disengaged, at least in public view and avoid fund raisers, rallies, marches, sloganized T-shirts, and the ever-infamous FB post.
Like my friend, who has far more to loose in fan-share than I do, I have decided that I have but one life to live and one life to give. OK, I know, that sounds a little dramatic and plagiarized, but in fact I, like you, have only one ticket to ride this rickety Merry-Go-Round. The tools that I’ve been given to tighten a few screws and paint some faded horses, happen to be musical ones.
Sheryl Crow, who just released her new album with guest appearances that read like a Who’s Who in the music biz, said of her new release and pending tour, “I know it’s only a matter of time before they tell me ‘shut up and sing!’” Not to echo her words, but rather her sentiments, I would add that the stakes are too high.
With the help and support of a few friends, I recorded Next To You. This is my attempt to musically enter the 2020 conversation. You see, my concern is less about public reaction and more about personal inaction. I do plan, as someone chastised by friend, to “Stick to music.” Heads up though, some of it, like Next To You, will be this concerned citizen’s attempt to offer a word of HOPE for a rickety Merry-Go-Round. And by the way, I’ll be sitting on the horse right Next To You.
Here’s the LYRIC VIDEO LINK for you…