Cool Interactive Map: Every Genre Of Music In One Place

As I ease back into my regular posting schedule, I though I’d share this incredibly cool interactive music map. While I might quibble with some of songs selected as representative of a genre, it’s pretty much right on target. If you like music, enjoy!

Click the graphic below for the interactive site.

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Conservative Musician Spotlight: Mark Scudder

I recently opined about the nature of the culture war, and how a “surge,” or recommittment is sorely needed. Along those lines, I was made aware of a conservative musician in a comment by Jerry Wilson, named Mark Scudder. So I checked him out and liked what I heard.

So, I got to thinking that the more people were exposed to conservative artists and musicians, it would help bring introduce their (and our) message into pop culture. After all, the more people are exposed to ideas, even (and maybe especiually) through music, the more those ideas become part of the “collective unconscious,” so to speak.Toward that end, I though I’d spotlight Mark Scudder’s work in a post.

According to his Bio:

The notion of “The Solution is the Problem” is a recurring theme in Mark’s work. “I feel so much of the time that the only way to get ahead, in life and especially in music, is to be something you’re not. This particular notion takes countless forms, if you get into specifics, but it all comes back to that – the problem is that everything is fake, and the solution, for so many people, is like the old saying, ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ And the cycle repeats for another generation.” While the subject seems unavoidably negative, Mark’s work ranges from the dead serious to the tongue-in-cheek and funny – including comically cynical songs like “Moving to Silence,” about an old girlfriend who was proud of her head-in-the-sand approach to relationship problems, and “Follow Me (The Hypocrite Song),” a politically-charged song whose chorus ends with an all-too-familiar refrain: “Don’t you know the only way you’ll be free is if you follow me?”

The song that I’ve chosen to spotlight today is called “Free.” I really enjoyed this one. The description of the song from his site:

“Free,” originally released before the history [sic] 2010 midterm elections, was a “protest song” about the overreaching iron fist of government that most musicians spend their careers trying to keep in office.

If you enjoyed the song as much as I did, please support Mark Scudder and his music. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel (youtube.com/markscudder), and his website has an online store to purchase his music digitally or as a cd (the standard version CD is $9.99). Also, tell your friends, write a blog post, tweet about him (and follow him on Twitter: @mark_scudder) and other conservative-minded musicians. The more we can get the conservative message out there in the world of popular culture, the easier it will be to fight the culture war.

In Honor Of Breitbart, It’s Time For A Surge In The Culture War

Admittedly, I’m new to the “Right-O-Sphere,” at least from an action point of view. That’s not to say that I wasn’t following closely and keeping myself informed. That’s how I became aware of Andrew Breitbart – mostly through his television appearances. Even though I never knew the man, I could tell that there was something about him that made you want to listen to what he had to say – and he knew what he was talking about. He had a charisma that came through the TV screen and made you take notice. He Andrew Breitbartwas one of the influences that made me start this blog.

To be sure, this is not a tribute piece. Not knowing the man personally, I think it would be inappropriate. Besides, there are several moving tributes from his close friends, to which I could add nothing. I recommend reading this and this to get a personal view of the man. Rather, on the first anniversary of his passing, I would like to highlight a quote of his, and use it as a renewed conservative call to action:

The left is smart enough to understand that the way to change a political system is through its cultural systems

           -Andrew Breitbart

I think, in general, we all have a sense that this is true, even if it did take Breitbart to articulate it before we really took notice. The left has been infiltrating our schools and colleges/universities for decades and using them as indoctrination centers for leftists ideas. They have taken over Hollywood, so that even in our entertainment, we are being subjected to leftist world views in our movies and television programs, no matter how subtle. Leftists have control of the music industry so their message can be disseminated through our favorite songs (was it also Breitbart who suggested that those who wrote a nation’s songs were more important than those who wrote its laws?).

The point is not to get depressed because the left has been steadily shifting the culture over the past 50 years or so. Rather, the right side needs to refocus our energies on the culture. To those who say the culture war is already lost, I say the news of our defeat has been greatly exaggerated. There has been some real gains on this front with celebrities like Ken Wahl, Adam Baldwin and Chuck Woolery vocally calling for change within social media along with Chuck Norris, Jon Voigt, Robert Davi, and lately Stacey Dash and Patricia Heaton speaking up. There is also a growing community of conservative musicians (aside from country artists who tend to the right). Perhaps it won’t be long before a conservative businessman starts a movie studio, magazine, or other media outlet.

However, if we’re going to educationmake real inroads in the culture war, we need to focus on the schools. We need a whole crop of young conservatives who can dedicate themselves to careers in the teaching profession. It won’t be easy with the leftist gate-keepers, so a little deception might be needed at first, until there are enough conservative educators to voice a strong opposition to the liberal status quo. Once we get there, we’ll be in a position to reclaim the culture, for the good of the country. Time for a surge in the culture #war.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s Breitbart’s CPAC speech in 2012:

D. I. Y.

I just spent the better part of the day installing laminate flooring in our living room, and I’m fairly worn out and sore. Somehow I’ve become a handy-man over the years, so I can appreciate the dedication and efforts of all of the do-it-yourself-ers out there, and definitely appreciate the satisfaction of a job well done. So in honor of my fellow DIYers:

 

 

Yeah I know that’s not what the song it about; I don’t know of any other song remotely relevant, and this is a really cool song. If you know of  something else, let me know and I’ll add it.