Andrew WK aka AWK, "Party Hard"
This song kicks ass and has a lot of memories attached to it. When this record came out, things were getting a little stale in popular music and in the underground. Like a lightning strike, people began to have fun at shows again.
Just like AWK before him, Barack Obama is energizing this nation. People are having their optimism, sparked and rekindled. And in a few days, on 20 January 2009, it will be time to party and we - will - party - hard!
Election night for me happened in Brazil. I was on tour with The Donnas that week. We all were super nervous. All day people were asking us, "Obama?" I saw graffitti on the walls of the city. Joey the fun, J.Young, and I watched the results coming in on CNN. It was surreal. When the final results came in, we were 6 hours ahead (I think). I cried that night and felt like a great relief. I was so taken I went out on the balcony and just yelled, "OBAMA!" It was that exciting. People who know me, know that I am not a flag waving patriot. But that night, if I had a flag, I would have waved it. And the next day all of our Brazilian friends were congratulating us on Obama's election. I felt proud of our nation for once.
To me Obama, represents a better USA, that wants to get respect, not by demand but by action. When the slogans are done, the posters are sun faded and the dust has settled, he is just a politician, but the ideas, those are REAL. The dreams can happen. With out a utopian goal, we have no direction towards improvement.
20 January 2009, will be my Independance Day.
I know its a bad reference to the movie Independance Day.
But that was the most inspirational speech of my lifetime until Barack Obama's,"Yes We Can Speech"
and "Victory Speech".
Thanx for the hope. Now lets move forward and make it real.