"I'm A Cool Rockin' Daddy in the USA"

The big US election is less than a month away. Kerry has narrowed the gap between him and Bush due to winning round one of the debates last week. That one was an easy win for Kerry since the debate focused on foreign policy, and as we all know Bush is no genius when it comes to that topic. Kerry also has the support of some very high profile musicians who are currently touring in support of the democratic nominee.

The "Vote for Change Tour" is currently in effect playing in swing states which are key in electoral voting. There are several tours playing concerts in different states on the same nights. One tour features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, REM, John Fogerty, and Bright Eyes. The other tour line ups include Pearl Jam, John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Keb' Mo', Babyface, James Taylor, Jurrasic 5, and others. The tour is being dubbed as "a loose collation of musicians brought together by a single idea - the need to make a change in the direction of our country". All the artists will join together in Washington, DC for one big concert on the final night of the tour.

The artists mentioned above form quite a line up. It includes two of the biggest American Bands - Pearl Jam and REM, as well as a respected collection of other artists. The artist though that is really the driving force behind this tour is Bruce Springsteen. If anybody can be an influence on others it's him. Nobody is more American than Bruce. He's been a poet of life in America for over thirty years. "I've felt like I couldn't have written the music I've written, and been on stage singing about the things I've sung about for the last twenty-five years and not take part in this particular election" says Springsteen.

Bruce and the E Streeters have been plowing through a set of songs which could easily have been written for this tour specifically - Born in the USA, Badlands, No Surrender, The Promised Land, Youngstown...the list goes on. Each show has ended with a couple of fitting covers as Fogerty and REM join them on stage - Elvis Costello's "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding" and Patti Smith's "People Have The Power".

The artists let their presence and music do the talking for the most part. Bruce does have this public service announcement that he's been voicing about 3/4 through his set though:
"We remain a land of great promise. But it's time we need to move America towards the fulfillment of its promises that she's made to her citizens: economic justice, civil rights, protection of the environment, respect for others and humility in exercising our power at home and around the world. These core issues of American identity are what's at stake on November 2. I believe that Senator Kerry and Senator Edwards understand the important issues and I think they're prepared to help our country move forward.
"America is not always right. That's a fairy tale that you tell your children at night before they go to sleep. But America is always true. And it's in seeking those truths that we find a deeper patriotism. Don't settle for anything less.
"So we've got some work to do between now and election day -- if you share our concerns, find the best way to express yourself, roll up your sleeves, and get out there and do something. And remember, the country we carry in our hearts is waiting."

Enough said right there. America, how about making "The Boss" the boss in 2008?

@ 11:43 AM, ack kicked the following game:

well said. I just hope Kerry didn't wait too long before he realize dhe had to stand firm on issues and not give 20 minute answers on simple questions


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