OCT 29, 2012 - JTMP agrees with both Presidential campaigns toning down the politics while Storm Sandy threatens life on the east coast. However, this is also a time to remember how crucial and necessary federal governmental agencies are in times of crisis, and some candidates have been running around saying they would "scrap FEMA", and propose budgets that would cut funding to FEMA and other important and necessary governmental organizations we as Americans relay on. So, let's tone down the campaign, yes....and thank FEMA for being there and being funded by taxes. JTMP calls for more funding for FEMA, and less to civilian defense contractors.
If you need help or you want more information on Storm Sandy from the great and awesome, governmental organization called FEMA, check out their webpage here, and remember issues like FEMA when you go to the voting booth next month. To help those in need, please donate to the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
OCT 29, 2012 - At a concert in Louisiana, Madonna spoke to her fans and was urging them to vote and "endorsed" Obama, and there are reports that some of the fans in the audience started booing her and a few even walked out of the show. It reminded me of the CSNY tour in 2008 when fans would boo CSNY and walk out when they sang, "Let's Impeach the President". She was telling her audience, "Who's registered to vote? I don't care who you vote for, just as long as you vote for Obama!" When some fans started to boo she then said, "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for...Do NOT take this privilege for granted. Go vote!"
Of course, our Electoral College system completely erases any votes for Obama in Louisiana, so it really doesn't matter in the Presidential election, but there are still representatives, senators and local government officials to vote for. So, JTMP agrees with Madonna; don't take our ability to vote and self-govern for granted...VOTE!! Many places you can register to vote early in-person, so check your state's election website. (Photo credit: CC/Tony Barton)
OCT 28, 2012 - Rolling Stone has an article out with an interview with the legendary Chuck Berry who remarks about how far our country has come from his childhood when it comes to racism, and how there is an African-American President. He also talks about his fading health that has been a concern for everyone who loves this Titan of Rock and Roll. (Photo credit: CC/Håkan Henriksson)
Here is an excerpt from the RS Article:
"At one point, Rolling Stone asked Berry how far the country has come since the days he played segregated venues throughout the South. Berry paused for a moment. "I never thought that a man with the qualities, features, and all that he has, [could] be our President," he said. "My dad said, 'You may not live to see that day,' and I believed him. I thank God that I have." Berry stopped for several seconds while his eyes welled up. "Excuse me," he said."
OCT 28, 2012 - Mary Bridget Davies is currently singing as Janis Joplin in the "One Night With Janis Joplin" show, and JTMP caught up with her for an interview about Janis and the show. We wanted to get her feeling on Janis Joplin, and how she played a part in the culture of music and social revolution of the 1960s, and her activism, the interview is below.
JTMP asked Mary how she felt about Janis Joplin's influence on the 1960s social culture and revolution and she told us, "[Janis] definitely was one of the front runners, accidentally, for change and revolution. She was not super politically motivated, she wasn't out and rallying or anything like that but she was ingrained with mutual respect and equality. She grew up in Texas in a very, very strict oil refinery town, and there was racism everywhere; but she just wouldn't tolerate it. She was always preaching the message of equality and freedom in the arts. In Kris Kristofferson's song she literally sings about freedom. She was just a good human being and a good humanitarian, she wanted everyone to be equal, and she wanted everyone to express themselves." She added, "I really do think if she had lived longer and gotten more mature, because she was a very intellectual person, maybe she would have become a stronger voice. Not even just for women, but race issues were very important to her, she was very much about equality. With the music, the way she respected and revered all those other artists and strove to be like them, she wanted them to be just as equally treated as the males."
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PITCHFORK: The National's "Fake Empire" Used in Video for Mitt Romney Campaign, Band Is Furious, Of Course
OCT 26, 2012 - Pitchfork has a cool article on how The Nationals found out that a pro-Romney video made by Ohio University Students for Romney was using their song "Fake Empire" and they were furious. The group is not officially tied to the Mitt Romney campaign, but nonetheless frontman Matt Berninger issued a statement saying, "Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every single person involved in the creation of the music you're using is voting for President Obama."
OCT 26, 2012 - Janis Joplin's influences, talent and remarkable life are being put on stage by Cleveland native Mary Bridget Davies, along with Randy Johnson creating, writing and directing the "One Night With Janis Joplin" show. The Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House and Premiere Media put together a show to remember and honor one of rock's giants. The show will show the legends she was influenced by, from Bessie Smith, to Etta James, to Aretha Franklin and more; and of course TONS of awesome Janis Joplin music.
Mary Bridget Davies also starred as Janis Joplin in the national tour of Love, which was nominated for the Austin Circle of Theaters’ B. Iden Payne Award as well as voted “Best Moment in Theater” by Kansas City’s The Pitch newspaper. Ms.Davies has also received numerous awards for her voice and band, most recently winning second place at International Blues Challenge 2011. She tours internationally with Joplin’s original band, Big Brother & the Holding Company.
Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene, and plowed her way to the top in a music scene dominated by men both in the studio and the stage. She sang her heart out, and touched millions of peoples' lives and the ripples from her life continue to this day. She was a centerpiece of the 1960's, and even sang at Woodstock, but she didn't let them use the footage because she said she "had a cold". To discover or RE-discover Janis Joplin, check out the official Janis Joplin website here. Check out more info about "One Night With Janis Joplin" on the Arena Stage show website here, and check out the awesome singer Davies who plays Janis on the Mary Bridget Davies website here. Below is a video of Janis' brother Michael who comments on the show and you can get a small taste of the show.
OCT 25, 2012 - Katy Perry performed at an Obama rally in Las Vegas earlier, and here are some pics. We will post the video as soon as it comes out. Photos from DemocraticUnderground.com.
Bruce Springsteen Gets Out The Vote in Virginia, and Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Asks Eric Cantor: "O Cantor Where Art Thou?"
OCT 23, 2012 - Bruce Springsteen, and the bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, were in Virginia today, helping to Get Out The Vote.
Ralph Stanley is a bluegrass legend, having a career of over 60 years with songs like, "Ridin' That Midnight Train" to his work with "O' Brother Where Art Though?". He has always been involved with politics, and played at a John Edwards rally, and later endorsed Barack Obama for President. He is a TRUE, old school "Southern Democrat". Currently Mr. Stanley is helping Wayne Powell with the "O'Cantor Where Art Thou?" tour, who is challenging Eric Cantor for the 7th Congressional District seat in Virginia.
Read more on NBCWashington.com here, and here is a great video by jbf3t of Bruce in Virginia below singing an AWESOME acoustic guitar version of "Thunder Road". Below that is a 30-second AD for Ralph Stanley's "O Cantor Where Art Thou?" tour, showing how Cantor is never in the state of Virginia helping out Virginian constituents. (photo credit: CC/Ralph Stanley)
OCT 22, 2012 - Pearl Jam's Mike McCready has made a video with filmmaker Jesse Dylan to ask voters to make a pledge on SignOn.org to support the issue of people with pre-existing medical conditions having access to affordable healthcare. On the Pearl Jam website they say:
"The truth is, everyone is better off when everyone is healthy. Especially those of us who have been dealt a rough hand – people with conditions or diseases like cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, HIV, asthma or arthritis.
The insurance networks that control our doctor’s offices, hospitals and emergency rooms have a more difficult time-sharing our pro-health perspective. Not because they’re bad people, but because their focus is on profitability, and they haven’t found a way to be as profitable off of the sick as they are off the healthy. Which is not to say they aren’t profitable.
We are a musician and a filmmaker, who are also fathers and businessmen, who are living with chronic illnesses. We know firsthand of what we speak. We were also friends with the late Jennifer Jaff who, through her organization Advocacy for Patients, fought tirelessly with insurance companies on behalf of chronically ill patients who had been denied payments or coverage. Our friend Jennifer imagined a day when her services would no longer be needed, when health care for all Americans would be seen as both good business and good values. If you share this vision and these values, watch and share this little video we created as a tribute to Jennifer, and help elect a President this November who shares these values as well.
Jesse Dylan, Founder of Wondros, Filmmaker, inspired by his son’s illness to found Lybba, at lybba.org, creating compassionate communities of care to redesign healthcare for good, Mike McCready, Pearl Jam, Guitarist, living with Crohn’s disease"
Mike McCready is asking you to TAKE ACTION and sign the pledge to support the issue of people with pre-existing medical conditions having access to affordable healthcare. Also, check out this great new organization called LYBBA that is trying to "transform healthcare for good", and is creating an "open source health and learning network" to make healthcare better, more affordable, and reaching more people. Watch the video below, and sign the pledge here."
OCT 19, 2012 - OMB Watch, an organization dedicated to promoting effective government spending and "A just and democratic society in which every individual can thrive.", has released a GREAT video showing the importance and critical roles that government play in our lives and help businesses and communities thrive.
The government is NOT the problem, it can provide roads and infrastructure to move goods to the market, and it can provide businesses with educated and trained workers. The public funding for roads, police, firemen, schools and more is under fire more and more from conservatives, and we here at JTMP want to say that we support INCREASING the funding for social services and infrastructure, and establishing responsible and fair revenue intake to fund this great country and lead it into prosperity. Please watch the video below to see how important government plays a role in our lives, and how it helps businesses operate and thrive; and check out the OMB Watch website here.