Monday, August 18, 2008

Random thoughts on the Obama gig

Barack 'N' Roll has come and gone. On the whole I think it went rather well. I don't have any big stories to tell about this gig, so here are some random musings:
  • I savored every one of our 20 minutes on stage. We're used to playing in venues without ... well ... stages. It's neat to sit up there and be able to actually see everyone in the audience.

  • Constructing a 20-minute set list is an exercise in frustration when you have over 50 songs. I always think, what if someone from a big label comes, and she would absolutely love some of our material, but she doesn't like anything from the current list? I hope no one from a big label was listening to us on Sunday, because if she was, we chose wrong.

  • I managed to get through my little advocacy speech about ME without stumbling over the words. (Yes, I did practice in front of a mirror beforehand.) Whether anyone paid attention to what I said, I don't know. Its hard to promote a cause in three sentences or less without sounding like a public service announcement.

  • Before we played, some Club Congress guy handed me one of those little wrist thingies that enable you to get in and out of the club without paying the cover again. It was only later that I remembered this was a free event. So what was the wrist thingie for? Did I miss out on a free drink or something?

  • Best T-shirt slogan sported by an Obama supporter: "Don't worry, only men, women, and children can get AIDS."

  • A hip hop artist named Ciphurphace came on shortly after us. Though I'm not really into the genre, it was obvious that he was good at his craft -- tons of energy, good flow to the raps. I found myself wondering how on earth anyone memorizes all those words.

  • It was strange to see so many avid Obama supporters in one place. I know a bunch of people who like Obama and will vote for him in November, but I don't know anyone who hangs out at these sorts of political events for fun.

  • Kudos to the organizers for keeping the political speeches short. Fewer speeches and more music make for a better world.
Since the concert, we've scored another Obama fund-raising gig. Here's hoping the Club Congress folks invite us back too.

4 comments:

GreyLupine said...

The wrist bracelet was probably for free kool-aid. Glad you didn't have any. It would suck getting together with you and seeing you glassy-eyed and never blinking, repeating all of Obama's unproven platitudes all night long. ;)

Still hoping Hillary takes over the convention...only chance of me voting for president this year. ;)

cinderkeys said...

OK, now I'm intrigued. Clinton and Obama, as far as I could tell, had nearly identical platforms. If she'd taken the nomination, I'd be voting for her in the general election. So if you don't like Obama, why is Clinton so much better?

GreyLupine said...

It's all about experience. And I think if things got really tough, Hillary could make the necessary decision. Obama sounds like the UN -- "If you attack one of our allies, I'll say stop....And if you don't stop, I'll say stop again!" See Russia in Georgia for all the info you need in regards to that.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080823/ap_on_re_eu/georgia_russia

I'm far from a hawk, but the only time I saw Obama get worked up was in a speech a few months ago when he was telling us we should all speak another language (though he does not) and roll over for the illegals he wants to grant amnesty......

cinderkeys said...

Hillary Clinton gives the impression of being tougher, but she has no more experience leading our country in times of war than Obama. Unless you count voting to get us into the Iraq War, and we all know how well that turned out.

I don't hate Clinton. Again, if she'd won the nomination, I'd be voting for her in November, and it wouldn't be just a lesser-of-two-evils vote. When it comes down to it, I don't even hate McCain, though I think the concessions he's been making to certain elements of the right are very scary.

Will Obama be the messiah everyone's looking for? Probably not. If he wins, he'll be proven human just like everyone before him. But we desperately need to rid the White House of all vestiges of the Bush administration, and we need someone who considers health care worthy of even paying attention to. For those things, I'm betting on Obama.