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January 29, 2014

BRADBERRY: State of the Illusion address

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Niagara Gazette — So, with little skill, and a lot of hope, I taught myself how to play a few tunes on the guitar; Booker T & The MGs’ Green Onions, Ray Charles’ What’d I Say and Peter, Paul & Mary’s If I Had a Hammer were fairly easy to play, though initially, I focused solely on the music, not the lyrics.

Eventually, I found my way to the Blues, though it might be more accurate to say the Blues found its way to me as I graduated up to an electric guitar, thanks to Mom, and to the puzzlement of my Dad who, one day complimented me on my playing, but suggested I was too young to know anything about the Blues, “Boy, you don’t have a clue ... “

He was right, but in time I learned.

That’s when I started to play closer attention to the words of the songs I was learning instead of concentrating only on sound, and that’s when I began to appreciate the real power of music.

When great artists combine great lyrics with great melodies and rhythm and get their messages broadcast around the planet, they have the power to change the world, and they have, which brings me to my point.

The President’s focus on income equality in last night’s State of the Union Address to Congress might actually strike a clearer chord if it could be set to music with the same fanfare and staging as, say, the Grammys or the Super Bowl half-time shows.

Can you imagine a Daft Punk version of the President’s speech and the Black Eyed Peas offering the GOP Official Response with Miley Cyrus “intwerkpeting” the message on stage left?

Oh say, can you see it? “Yes I can” see and hear it now …

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