As the busy days of the election rapidly approach, it’s important to remember the issues. I’m not referring to Sarah Palin’s alleged clothing budget (seriously Democrats, let it go – no amount of blogging and SNL joke-writing will force it into the public consciousness). I want to bring attention to a much overlooked proposition that pertains to the well being of all U.S. citizens. Proposition 141 states that it should be mandatory that all citizens listen to the band Explosions in the Sky, everyday. You might be scratching your head, thinking, “Hey, I read plenty of neo-conservative political blogs and I’ve never even heard of Prop 141.” I can’t blame you as it’s something I’ve just drafted tonight.
If you’re wondering what my #3 all time, most listened to artist on Last.fm is, then you’ve come to the right place. It occurred to me, while listening to the The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place EP on repeat, that there are seemingly infinite reasons to listen to them. Not in the least are:
- They are featured in countless movies, providing emotionally gripping scores and soundtracks (“Your Hand in Mine” starts at 1:18)
- They perform amazing, moving live concerts (as blogged by me on a different site. Sorry Henning, I was in college… experimenting)
- They are Made in the U.S.A. (more specifically Texas; maybe there are creative, open-minded people south of New Jersey!)
Sometimes music has the power to move you, like Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” or Eric Prydz’ “Call On Me.” Explosions in the Sky is that power. But let me guess: if you’re a hipster and you’re still reading (and scoffing at the sheer banality of my reporting on their greatness), you’re searching for that lost b-side mp3. It’s not here. You can email your complaints to the RIAA c/o Lawrence Lessig.
In my opinion, this country could do well with a little relaxing, tonally simple, yet emotionally complex musical journey once a day. If you don’t believe me, get ahold of some of their music and sit down with a glass of strong red wine and turn on your iTunes Visualizer. Don’t be afraid if you find God, the Devil, or anything in between. Their music is that good, hence Prop 141. So when it comes time to vote, make sure you vote “Yes!” on Prop 141. When the country goes continues to go to shit, you’ll be glad to have something that will stimulate all your senses in a way that not even XTube can.