Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Rockin' the Vote! (#BOTB)
Can we trust the political polling that we see reported in the media? For the most part the comparative results seem to be in a fairly close range, but I wonder how accurate this polling is. There could be factors that the pollsters aren't taking into account, especially in this current presidential race as unconventional as it has been. I guess we'll get a better idea after the upcoming election and the analysis of the polling that will undoubtedly follow. In the meantime, please participate in the following unscientific election poll and let's see if a Battle of the Bands can serve as a predictor of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential race...
The Premise of This Battle
I'm taking a risk on this Battle as I am using a song likely known to most or all of you by a group that you likely know--and some of you have indicated on past battles it's a group that you like. For my other entry I'm using a song probably unknown to any of you by a group that you are most likely unfamiliar with.
These songs could theoretically be theme songs for each candidate. In my mind I've associated each song with either Clinton's or Trump's campaign. They are not actually songs used by either campaign, but they certainly could have been. I won't tell you which song I've connected to which candidate--at least not until the results post next week--but I'll let you make your own designation. And please don't be uncomfortable with playing along as this is merely intended to be a fun unscientific poll.
Are you ready? Here we go then. After listening to the songs below please tell us:
1) Which song do you like best and why?
2) Which song do you think works best for which candidate (Trump and Clinton only)?
3) Are there songs that you think would be better for each campaign?
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. This event happens twice each month on the 1st and 15th. The premise is simple: Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.
Green Day "American Idiot" (2004)
The group Green Day or their song "American Idiot" probably don't need introduction to most of you. This song, which was released during the presidential race between George W. Bush and John Kerry, was Billie Joe Armstrong's anti-Bush statement. The song and the album of the same name later inspired a musical production which ran on Broadway for about a year and continues to be performed around the world. When asked by an VH1 Storytellers' audience member if anyone who voted for George W. Bush was an "American Idiot," Billie Joe Armstrong replied: "No, just a misinformed idiot." The video I've used includes lyrics if that's any help to you. Also, if it helps, Billie Joe originally had come out as a Bernie Sanders supporter, but now he's changed his support--I'll leave it to you to figure who he supports now.
The Good Rats "Why the World Should Love the United States of America" (2013)
Sometimes referred to as "the world's most famous unknown band," The Good Rats have been around the New York City area music scene since 1964. I first discovered them in 1970 after the release of their first album in 1969. The album became a personal favorite, but when nothing by them caught my attention after that first release, I figured they had disbanded. In the mid-80's I discovered a number albums by the group released after 1974 which I thought were even better than the first. They became a favorite group of mine from that point on with their excellent hard-rocking albums with tasty musicianship.
This song I'm using for my Battle was a new one to me that I discovered when looking for appropriate America-themed songs to match up for my final election series post. After several initial listenings to the song it began to take hold of me. Then I watched the video on my big screen TV with better speakers and the entire experience hit me hard. I felt a swell of pride for the U.S.A. as the iconic images flashed by on the screen. As the final part of the video played, the part showing the grave markers and the workers and the people who make up the nation, I began to cry. It was strange, but I was so filled with emotion.
Since that viewing I've watched many times and continue to feel waves of emotion, love for country, and a certain fearful sadness of where our country could be heading. This has become my personal rock national anthem. In the final scene we can see kids sitting on the floor with their grandfather Peppi Marchello, lead singer and original band member, who died on July 10th 2013, not too long after their final album was recorded. "Why the World Should Love the United States of America" is on this last album Afterlife released in 2014. I encourage you to watch the video to see how the images affect you.
Time To Vote!
Which of these two songs do you prefer? If you don't like either then try to play along and tell us which song you think is the least innocuous to you.
Then, if you are willing to play along with my polling survey, tell us which song fits the candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the best. After you've given your opinion on that, please tell us if there are any songs that you can think of that would be a better choice as a candidate theme song.
My polling experiment won't work unless you are willing to help out by giving your opinions. There are no right or wrong answers here--it's just your opinion! Don't worry if you don't live in the United States or don't plan to vote, all opinions are welcomed. Thank you in advance for helping me out with this.
Winner Announced Monday November 7th
After I've tabulated the votes and analyzed the answers to the bonus questions, I'll compile the data into my results post which will appear on Monday November 7th, the day before official election day in the United States. Provided that we get cooperation in the voting for this Battle, we might actually come up with a prediction about the outcome of the presidential election.
I look forward to seeing how this Battle turns out.
Are you reluctant to express your opinions to others regarding politics? If so, why? What do you think about this particular Battle? Do you trust the polling in this election? Are you looking forward to the end of this election of 2016?