I am stealing this election day mixtape from Michael Moore because it’s election day and everyone should be worried about the results of these elections, everyone who cares about women’s rights and environmental issues, and everyone who cares about the future of this country.
The playlist is a bit of everything, caring and angry, sad and hopeful, loving and cynical, old and new, soothing and a call for action. “I have only one vote. So do you. But all of us together decide where we want the country to go.” wrote Michael Moore. Today is one of these pouring rain days in LA — which gives Jackson Browne’s “Before the Deluge” a double meaning — but let’s hope it doesn’t stop people from voting. After all, we could do it by mail days in advance in California.
I am not sure what we can accomplish with a mixtape, people have already made up their minds at this point. Michael Moore is probably preaching to the choir, as people who receive his emails still care about voting and democracy, but the list represents the mood of the moment, a mixed-feeling state of mind. If the Republicans win the house as everyone predicts, what will happen? Are we going to live the nightmare scenario that some commentators have talked about? Will it be chaos as Biden declared? We still have the music from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Leonard Cohen. Yes, people have the power, sings Patti Smith, but that could also be the problem.
Meanwhile, enjoy this election-day mixtape
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”
his best song since “I Will See You In Far Off Places”
expected series of punk veterans
I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1980 (Volume 12, Number 6)
an almost indefinable purity