Where is the music industry as Americans anxiously watch the ramp up to the January 2021 Senate runoff races in Georgia? These elections could either extend the Mitch McConnell obstructionist leverage he exerted during the Obama years or, alternatively, ease a path to the “Build Back Better” philosophy of the Biden-Harris agenda? Fortunately, Trump was convincingly denied a second term that would have indelibly transitioned America into an unrecognizable society antithetical to the foundation and morality that the generations who came before us (especially “The Greatest Generation”) sacrificed blood and treasure to protect, advance and improve? Silence is complicity. Democracy can be fragile, is not pre-ordained, and requires dedication to preserve — before and after elections. Click on the essay immediately below for a factual reminder of some of Trump’s divisive, incompetent and unconscionable actions:
TRUMP’S REALITY SHIT SHOW
For anyone who can think objectively, there’s no f’n way this dangerous buffoon should be reelected!
Socially Driven Music began as a plan to guide music creators in improving their livelihoods while intersecting with and championing social causes. We quickly recognized that this is best made possible by influencing the politics integral to it all. SDM can be thought of as a combination of music incubator, grassroots advocacy group, music/emotion-driven lobbyist and the music industry’s de facto activism organization.
We’re now continuing our work to energize voter turnout by turning our attention to the Georgia election. We support the tremendous work of Stacey Abrams and her Fair Fight organization and are also partners with Power The Polls and Headcount. SDM is a clarion call and bridge that connects grassroots groups with passionate artists with shared values. We are a non-partisan company, albeit appalled by the Trump years and his sycophants, and determined to help restore the “Soul of America.”
How can we allow ourselves to succumb to a helpless inevitability that Trump, a dim-witted, bloviating, self-serving, racist, misogynistic, narcissistic, xenophobic, conspiracist, sociopathic pathological liar and wannabe authoritarian, will continue to hold sway over his political acolytes and try to fundamentally change the United States? Are we really going to accept the mindless lemming-like actions of 126 GOP congress members who signed off on the ludicrous Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 presidential election, not to mention the equally deluded senators who refuse to accept the election results? Do we want to energize Trump’s puppeteer enablers (Senators McConnell, Graham, et al) and obsequious sycophants (Representatives Jordan, Nunes, Scalise, et al) who’ve earned their own defeat?
It’s disheartening and very troubling to think that approximately 34% of the country might support someone who demonstrably abhors them and whose actions are constantly contrary to the very tenets embraced by his evangelical followers. SDM believes that these erstwhile supporters will begin to see reality once Trump is off center stage and Biden’s policies embrace the disenfranchised (after all, Biden is not an ideologue, but a left-leaning centrist). It’s inconceivable and reprehensible that they don’t dismiss an alternate reality where up is down, night is day and wrong is right. Why do they chose to ignore facts (including the fact that fewer Americans would have died had Trump embraced scientific COVID-19 advice) and adhere to this clownish, provocateur, and the dangerous, misinformation, echo chamber business model of Fox News, Limbaugh, Newsmax, AON, et al (actual fake news)? Why dismiss the award-winning information exposed and admonitions expressed by the New York Times, Axios, Daily Beast, Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, etc., (who at least try to get it right) and written about in so many publications by renowned authors like Bob Woodward and insiders like John Bolton and Mary Trump, among many others? How about believing nonpartisan, established trustworthy fact checkers like Politifacts and FactCheck.org (a project of the Annenberg Foundation)?
At a time when socially and politically conscious music is at least as relevant as it was in the 60’s and 70’s, we’re hearing repetitious productions, versus inspired songs, about nothing — in the midst of crisis after crisis.
It couldn’t be that today’s tired and vacuous excuses for pop music, such as the unimaginative, shameless play for attention that is Cardi B’s and Megan Thee Stallion’s (slang notwithstanding, does she know what a real stallion is?) adolescent “WAP,” have left no room for quality pop songs and meaningful rock — music that motivates listeners to think about how we might introspect towards joining together for a better quality of life. It’s not shocking in 2020 to hear explicit language in hip-hop (or in other genres) and to see corresponding attempts at provocative videos, and this record/video is simply a boring escalation in a race to be the most outrageous, despite some rationalizing that it is sexually liberating. In fact, it’s a reflection of a permissively vulgar political climate creeping into pop culture. It is insulting and condescending to consider this distraction as anything but a Trumpian-style juvenile spectacle which any aspiring kid musician out there would have had the good sense to discard as unworthy of anyone’s ears. Its chart success will be as transient as any novelty record before it. Wouldn’t Cardi and Megan have been better served personally and professionally as role models singing/rapping about ways to overcome any number of problems facing their adolescent audiences and the rest of us?
Where are the socially poignant songs and videos that can energize us and call us to action, to motivate us to activism? Is it because artists and songwriters believe that they are no longer relevant and there is no significant platform for new music from them in the age of Spotify and streaming music? This would be fallcious thinking. In fact, there are legions of listeners who are disenfranchised by the mostly pablum being released currently. It’s either simple and offensive for the sake of offending, or what used to be called Bubblegum music (e.g., Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar”). The industry is always renewed and reinvented from the outside (independent artists) in a creative drought such as now. Now is the inflection point for a paradigm shift and a renaissance of thought provoking music.
Be reminded of the socially poignant music that motivated us in the past and is still relevant (check out nearly 100 songs on the complete Spotify playlist, below!):
And be introduced to another Jimmy Webb masterpiece that reminds us to be kind at a time of overwhelming despair and insecurity (performed by Jimmy and the incomparable Thelma Houston, accompanied by a school choir) that’s just been released:
There is no dearth of material to write and sing about. One such starting point is to join us in using music to motivate massive turnout and undermine voter suppression on the January 5th, 2021 Georgia election to defeat the unqualified and self-serving Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in favor of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who actually accept and embrace black and white facts, literally and figuratively. We’ll also continue to counter the ongoing dangerous disinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines, related food and housing insecurity in America, and so many other social issues: see the dropdown menu on the Socially Driven Music landing page. Please also see the Socially Driven Music U.S. Postal Service campaign on Causes.com.
Socially Driven Music (SDM) was created to improve the livelihoods of music artists and songwriters by connecting them and their fan bases to social causes, hyper-locally (see a list of causes on the dropdown menu of our landing page). #MusicThatMatters #MusicPurpose.
Frustrated that your voice isn’t being heard? We can amplify it! Music Artists and Songwriters (legacy and emerging) join with each other, industry mentors, causes, political campaigns, and fans in innovative strategies for positive change. SDM is the music industry’s de facto advocacy/activism group. We increase music revenue through altruism and, by extension, the encouragement of a return to the tradition of socially poignant music in this divisive current climate.
SDM is the first to encourage local artists to volunteer as poll workers to incentivize voter turnout (we’ll help organize Zoom and other virtual conferences if COVID-19 precludes usual physical voting in some areas). Socially Driven Music invites local artists and songwriters around the country to join us by signing up using the link immediately above. Please also click on the Power The Polls link below. We will then reach out to established artists in or near your zip code to participate alongside you. SuperFans of local talent become the connection between the musicians and local social impact issues and other fans for the reciprocal benefit of all.
In addition to Power The Polls, we have partnered with several other get out the vote organizations, including Headcount and When We All Vote, as well as two PAC’s. We’re proud to help recruit a new generation of poll workers this November. Learn how you can help ensure a safe and fair election in YOUR community:
Headcount makes sure you always know when elections are happening, and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for your absentee ballot! http://bit.ly/hcsdm
Power The Polls helps you volunteer as a poll worker: https://www.powerthepolls.org/SociallyDrivenMusic
If you are a local music artist or songwriter with a fan base who is interested in visiting or working at a polling place (for however long you wish) or would like more information about virtual interaction to motivate voter turnout (including livestreaming events with guest appearances), please contact us at http://bit.ly/SDMMailChimp or mailto:email@example.com or on Slack at https://bit.ly/Socially-Driven-Music-Slack-Invite
Finally, we’d like to know about your favorite social impact new music. Add to our list on our Facebook Group Page.
PS: For those music business executives wanting a roadmap to the future of the industry, here are some of the reasons you need to talk to Socially Driven Music:
Besides revolutionizing local philanthropy and creating community with local emerging and…
Encourages creation of socially poignant music.
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