I’ll admit it. I’m NOT a fan of Donald Trump. In fact, I am beyond appalled, unnerved and completely disgusted by the actions of the current occupant of the White House. That’s why, in January 2017, I made the decision to apply my digital video production expertise to a new independent project in hopes of inspiring positive change in our country.
I’m fortunate enough to live in Portland, Oregon, 2347 miles northwest of the chaos that’s erupted in the nation’s capital. Here — thanks to two of my volunteer endeavors, Portland Radio Project and The Oregon Music Hall of Fame, I have met and/or worked with hundreds of amazingly talented local musicians. Some you’ve heard of (Pink Martini, Joseph, Storm Large, Sleater-Kinney, Everclear), most you probably haven’t.
I know dozens of Portland-area musicians who have, thanks to current events, become as activated as I am. And, they are motivated, as I am, to share their perspectives about love, compassion, prejudice, understanding and politics.
Every Pacific Northwest musician I’ve connected with has been willing to rise up and sing for the cause in front of my cameras. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, we called this type of music “a protest song.” The soundtrack from that era helped us endure and take action during a very troubling time in our history. I’m sure you remember or have read about Vietnam, Nixon, Watergate.
I was a network broadcast journalist during that era, and in my mind, what’s taking place today at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is far more dangerous.
Here’s hoping this effort will provide information, inspiration and action.
We have a Facebook page called MUSICIANS RISING UP. All the produced videos reside there.
Comments, questions and artistic submissions welcome.