Posted by: nieophyte | February 4, 2008

Obama Vid

What do you guys think? Inspiring? Manipulative? Creative? Distracting? I’m not positive who I’ll vote for on Tuesday, but this is certainly affecting.

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  1. in a way, you can say it’s manipulative, because the power music has on things…

    but…

    reading the guy’s explanation, I thought it wasn’t trying to be manipulative…

    http://www.dipdive.com/

    The Yes We Can Song
    by will.i.am

    I was sitting in my recording studio watching the debates…
    Torn between the candidates

    I was never really big on politics…
    and actually I’m still not big on politics…
    but 4 years ago, me and the black eyed peas supported Kerry…
    And we supported Kerry with all our might…
    We performed and performed and performed for the DNC…
    doing all we could do to get the youth involved…

    The outcome of the last 2 elections has saddened me…
    on how unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful,
    corrupt, and just simply, how wrong the world and “politics” are…

    So this year i wanted to get involved and do all i could early…

    And i found myself torn…
    because this time it’s not that simple…
    our choices aren’t as clear as the last elections …
    last time it was so obvious…
    Bush and war
    vs
    no Bush and no war…

    But this time it’s not that simple…
    and there are a lot of people that are torn just like i am…

    So for awhile I put it off and i was going to wait until it was decided for me…

    And then came New Hampshire…

    And i was captivated…

    Inspired…

    I reflected on my life…
    and the blessings I have…
    and the people who fought for me to have these rights and blessings…

    and I’m not talking about a “black thing”
    I’m talking about a “human thing” me as a “person”
    an American…

    That speech made me think of Martin Luther King…
    Kennedy…
    and Lincoln…
    and all the others that have fought for what we have today…

    what America is “supposed” to be…

    freedom…
    equality…
    and truth…

    and thats not what we have today…
    we think we are free…
    but in reality terror and fear controls our decisions…

    this is not the America that our pioneers and leaders fought and
    died for…

    and then there was New Hampshire

    it was that speech…
    like many great speeches…
    that one moved me…
    because words and ideas are powerful…

    It made me think…
    and realize that today we have “very few” leaders…
    maybe none…

    but that speech…

    it inspired me…
    it inspired me to look inside myself and outwards towards the world…
    it inspired me to want to change myself to better the world…
    and take a “leap” towards change…
    and hope that others become inspired to do the same…
    change themselves..
    change their greed…
    change their fears…
    and if we “change that”
    “then hey”..
    we got something right…???…

    1 week later after the speech settled in me…
    I began making this song…
    I came up with the idea to turn his speech into a song…
    because that speech effected and touched my inner core like nothing in a very long time…

    it spoke to me…

    because words and ideas are powerful…

    I just wanted to add a melody to those words…
    I wanted the inspiration that was bubbling inside me to take over…

    so i let it..

    I wasn’t afraid to stand for something…
    to stand for “change”…
    I wasn’t afraid of “fear”…
    it was pure inspiration…

    so I called my friends…
    and they called their friends…
    in a matter of 2 days…
    We made the song and video…

    Usually this process would take months…
    a bunch of record company people figuring out strategies and release dates…
    interviews…
    all that stuff…
    but this time i took it in my own hands…
    so i called my friends sarah pantera, mike jurkovac, fred goldring, and jesse dylan to help make it happen…
    and they called their friends..
    and we did it together in 48 hours…
    and instead of putting it in the hands of profit we put it in the hands of inspiration…

    then we put it on the net for the world to feel…

    When you are truly inspired..
    magic happens…
    incredible things happen…
    love happens..
    (and with that combination)

    “love, and inspiration”

    change happens…

    “change for the better”
    Inspiration breeds change…

    “Positive change”…

    no one on this planet is truly experienced to handle the obstacles we face today…
    Terror, fear, lies, agendas, politics, money, all the above…
    It’s all scary…

    Martin Luther King didn’t have experience to lead…
    Kennedy didn’t have experience to lead…
    Susan B. Anthony…
    Nelson Mandella…
    Rosa Parks…
    Gandhi…
    Anne Frank…
    and everyone else who has had a hand in molding the freedoms we have and take for granted today…

    no one truly has experience to deal with the world today…

    they just need “desire, strength, courage ability, and passion” to change…
    and to stand for something even when people say it’s not possible…

    America would not be here “today” if we didn’t stand and fight for
    change “yesterday”…
    Everything we have as a “people” is because of the “people” who fought for
    change…
    and whoever is the President has to realize we have a lot of changing to do

    I’m not trying to convince people to see things how i do…
    I produced this song to share my new found inspiration and how I’ve been moved…
    I hope this song will make you feel…
    love…
    and think…
    and be inspired just like the speech inspired me…

    that’s all…

    Let’s all come together like America is supposed to…
    Like Japan did after Hiroshima…

    that was less than 65 years ago…
    and look at Japan now…

    they did it together…
    they did it…

    “We can’t?…

    Are you serious..?..

    WE CAN!!!

    Yes we can…
    A United “America”
    Democrats, Republicans and Independents together…
    Building a new America

    We can do it…
    “TOGETHER”

    Please visit http://www.yeswecansong.com

    Thank you for reading and listening…
    will.i.am

  2. ummmm…. I think it is somewhat manipulative but then again it is campaign propaganda, so that is to be expected.

    I think what is more problematic is the type of messiah-ism that has risen up around the Obama campaign, as if he is somehow ushering in the (progressive) Kingdom of God on Earth.

  3. the messiah-ism around Obama is a bit scary. But it’s hard to blame on Obama himself for that. I think that when there is such a charismatic public figure, general public will latch onto the figure, especially when the person promises hope – something sorely lacking in today’s time.

    Furthermore, within Christianity, I think theology now has gone towards one of empowering people, perhaps effects of the prevelence of ‘self-help’ psychology out there in culture. It seems like Christianity now (specifically postmodern/emergent) focuses more on human’s innate goodness in our design more than our sinful/fallen state (it doesn’t ignore it, but places less emphasis on it than modern christanity does) – and thus, we are able to be agents for God. Thus, when a candidate comes talking about restoring hope, bringing about change, and etc etc, I think it resonates with even Christians, because it shares similar trends, even though Obama’s message is not necessarily the Gospel

  4. i am absolutely guilty of messianizing obama.

    but i have to strongly disagree with elderj in his labeling of this video as “campaign propaganda.” i would consider it campaign propaganda if it was devised by actual insiders of the campaign.

    but instead, i believe it was the honest, creative response of one artist.

    dismissing this as campaign propaganda is EXACTLY the kind of cynicism that obama is trying to shed.

    now i understand that there is no way that obama isn’t somewhat egotistical. there is no such human who would dare run for the most powerful position on earth who without having a very high view of one’s self.

    but i do believe him when he says that he struggles to remain humble and prays every night for confirmation in his soul from God about whether this whole crazy run is pleasing to Him.

  5. also, just to prove that i am simultaneously able to detach myself from obama who i will forever believe is HANDS DOWN THE BEST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE in this election.

    i did catch myself wondering if i was falling in love with the “antichrist” – a very sexy and popular notion in certain eschatological streams.

    not surprisingly “obama” and “antichrist” are one of the most popular google search combinations.

    i just thought i’d throw that out there.

    i absolutely believe that obama will make the world better, but i’m also very cognizant of the possibility that politics can be naturally limited in its effectiveness.


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