Fresh Smell of Dissent
The Fresh Smell of Dissent is the expression of a great deal of frustration and anger over the bloodless U.S. coup of 2000. Observing our passive consent as one after the other governmental institutions and the media fell into the neoconservative line continued to shock me until there was nothing left to shock. The small voices of reason that came from progressive websites and magazines was what kept me going. Working on the songs on this CD is what brought me around and gave me hope. Mostly I was hoping the songs could become part of the tide turning against the Bush Doctrine. We've written songs in multiple styles and with multiple messages (although they are primarily anti-Bush). We recently did a fund-raising concert with the money going to MoveOn.Org. People who came got free copies of the CD with their donations, but they also bought CDs to mail to their friends. What we want most is for these songs to get out to people who are reasonable but who have not yet connected the dots to figure out what the current administration is doing to this country. Our songs are part of a battle for the soul of what once had the potential to be not just a powerful, but a truly great nation. I hope we can win that battle-and I think music has the potential to be a new front in that battle. Absolutely Dizzying marvels over the intricacies of war profiteering in Iraq. Ode to Georgie W. tells the story of the theft of the Florida election and the US election. Truth Has Never Been a Friend to Me is the unauthorized autobiography of George Walker Bush. Damaged Goods tells the story of the sell out of Colin Powell. Saudi Money explains to the uninitiated how easily wealth flows to those who are willing to sell their souls to the Saudi royal family. Tax Rebate is a bit of country telling the impact of the much-publicized tax rebate on people who are struggling to get by. Something Got Out explores the dilemma faced by the Bush Administration as they try to duck responsibility for outing a CIA agent and compromising an entire intelligence operation. Mama Must Have Told Me is a first-person account of seduction by the Bush Administration line. Stick it to the Poor is essentially a Bush policy statement about what to do with all those confounded poor people that expect to be protected by their government. The CD includes 10 songs, followed by 10 introductions to the songs. Playing Track 11, then track 1; Track 12, then track 2, etc. You get the feeling of what a live concert is like.