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Like many people these days, I’ve been thinking about how best to deal with the reality of the next four to eight years. There’s a lot we need to do, but part of that should be, I think, turning our creative minds to the problem, and addressing the situation as best we can with our art.
So, I would like the next volume of Ball of Wax – the first to be released under the DJT administration – to feature songs of resistance and rebuilding. (I kind of want that to be theme of every volume for the next several years, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.) Not generally, but as specifically targeted at the real situation we find ourselves in as possible. (I have to say, the protest volume has some great stuff on it, but it didn’t go as far toward addressing reality as I would have liked – and I’m as much to blame for that as anyone, since my song was about the Mexican-American War.)
Make no mistake, this is entirely a partisan affair. I’m interested in different perspectives, of course, but this will not be the place for “let’s give him a chance” songs or “blame it on the PC language police” songs – never mind, it should go without saying, MAGA/”build the wall” songs. This collection will treat the impending administration as a national emergency, so if that’s not your perspective, feel free to wait for another volume – or look for another outlet altogether. (Folding other, ongoing national emergencies into your song is certainly appropriate, though. I’m certainly not pretending everything was a-OK and peachy until now.)
Deadline: Well I don’t know, how about January 20th?
Submission guidelines: Here.
Questions: ask away!