The politics of Dan sing

Hey, have you heard? There’s a presidential election coming up!

Yep. Couple of guys named Obama and Romney, plus some future also-rans. Maybe you’ve heard a thing or two about them on the news. Or in commercials. Or at the office. Or on social media. Or in the grocery store. Or around the dinner table. Or in your nightmares.

Stop making me hear this!

God only knows where you can go to not hear about them at this point. But I intend to find out. They’re pervasive. So I’m evasive. In other words, count me out.

I’m not trying to pretend I never talk politics, but really, folks — enough is enough. The climate has become too hostile; it leads to horrible things.

I don’t know if the man in that story really did what he did because of his political beliefs; that part is hearsay. But I’m fairly certain the losers who felt compelled to comment about him, did so because of theirs. If you want a good example of how low people are willing to go for the sake of their opinions, read what the regular Joes had to say about that story. Or any story, for that matter.

People are angry. And hateful. And everywhere. And I want no part of their scene.

So I’m going to turn my back on politics for the next month, and instead turn to music. Even the angriest music would be soothing compared to the commentary I’ve been hearing. And reading. And writing. (Albeit not here.)

For politicians, October’s a month to disclose election-related surprises and to ratchet up the rhetoric. For me, it’s a month to wax nostalgic, as influenced by the seasonal transition. So odds are good that I won’t just listen to music — I’ll probably reflect on it. And as long as I’m reflecting, I might as well write about it.

What I have in mind is a series of “MMM” blogs — a Month of Memories in Music. I’ll try to write as often as possible, but I’m working two jobs, am heavily ensconced in one volunteer gig, and have had a run of high blood pressure, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to write every day — but that’s my loose goal.

The bands will be my faves, my go-to groups for treating my brain, heart or soul when they’re in need. I might ramble on about multiple songs, but for each band, I’ll choose one song to highlight (via bad YouTube videos and reprinted lyrics) and analyze (via bad writing that would make a real music critic cringe). It could be a favorite song by that band, or it could just be one that invokes something in me — a memory, an emotion, bile, what have you.

And even though I’m doing this as a way to draw my focus from the current political climate, I will make no effort to avoid political songs from the past. I’m certain there will be a few here, but nothing contemporary. The “Memories” part will see to that — it’s been a while since any of these songs have seen heavy rotation.

This is sort of an experiment for me. Years ago, I read about a trend of people trading iPods for a short amount of time, and analyzing playlists to really get to know each other’s psyches. Yeah, it’s weird. But it’s a lot like what I’m about to do to you.

I’m not sure anyone wants to get to know my psyche — probably a good thing — but that’s just an unfortunate extra that’s sure to come with this little experiment. Honestly, I’m hoping it helps me learn something about myself, but it’s fine if it tells you something, too. There may even be some October Surprises.

Whether you want to share back is up to you, but unlike political opinions, I encourage you to share the musical ones. (Although I’m well-aware that some people treat musical taste with the same kid gloves as politics.)

So there you go. Fun social experiment, or the desperate cry of a huge, narcissistic turd? You decide. But I hope to see you back here tomorrow, for MMM 1.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some listening to do.

About Dan Bain

Dan is an award-winning humorist, features writer, emcee and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. His collection of humor essays, A Nay for Effort, has earned him fans from one end of his couch to the other. Why not join them and buy one? (You won't have to sit on his couch.) Dan will donate 10 percent of the book's proceeds to education. You can check it out at; thanks!
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5 Responses to The politics of Dan sing

  1. Make them stop. Let us vote now. Just end the political nonsense and angry noise now.
    I’ll take the ear plugs out for your blog…but then they are going back in.
    Good choice with the music calms the savage thing…

  2. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Nice idea! I stopped paying much attention to the news almost a year ago (even Jon Stewart), and I find I’m a much happier person for it (probably have lower blood pressure, too). I have decided to start paying a little bit of attention during the election season. We’ll see how that goes.

    Looking forward to your musical psyche!

  3. The poor schmuch who killed himself and his family was just crazy. He was looking for some excuse to do something horrible. Still, it’s disturbing to think that these folks are Romney supporters and so much hatred is aimed at Obama.

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