By JESSICA PEREZ, Managing Editor
Artists of all genres have come together for a campaign designed to encourage people to vote- as long as it’s not for Donald Trump.
“30 Days, 30 Songs” launched on Oct. 10. Its creators are American writer Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland, owner of Zeitgeist Artist Management. Each day, the campaign’s website releases one song by “Artists for a Trump-free America,” for the 30 days leading up to Nov. 8.
Death Cab for Cutie, Moby, Franz Ferdinand and Jim James are just a few artists whose anti-Trump songs have already debuted.
Although each song has a completely different concept, the message is consistent. Some artists choose to take more subtle jabs, like Jim James’s tune, “Same Old Lie,” or Adia Victoria’s “Backwards Blues.” While others, like Swedish artist Ledinsky, chose the more explicit route, featuring lines like, “Donald Trump makes me wanna smoke crack, go to Canada and never come back.”
Some of the campaign’s songs are meant to be ironic, such as Moby and the Homeland Choir’s, “Trump is on Your Side,” joking about the fact that, “he’s never worked a day in his life, but yeah he’s on your side.”
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann wrote “Can’t You Tell” from what she imagines to be the candidate’s own perspective, with lyrics like, “Isn’t anybody going to stop me? I don’t want this job,” suggesting that Trump only ran for president for the thrill of the competition rather than actually wanting to be the leader of our country for the next four years.
Not every song was written specifically for the campaign, like R.E.M.’s “World Leader Pretend,” released in 1988, however, the political context still seems to apply.
Eggers and Kurland have a message of their own for listeners as well: “You are a steward of this democracy and your actions shape it at every turn. When you speak out, you shape our democracy and when you remain silent, you shape it as well. Do not let your voice go unheard.”
Visit www.30days30songs.com to check out the music and to learn more about the campaign.