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Michael Ward with Dogs & Fishes

"I wrote this tune in early 2016, appalled by the dangerous devaluation of truth featured in the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump. It’s foul breath clouded not only the public debate in a historically pivotal election, but threatened to permanently alter the standards by which that discourse is interpreted and judged. Straight faced lying threatened to become an accepted vernacular of the political process. At that time it seemed a surreal and incomprehensible possibility that his campaign might actually succeed, but all of us, including Trump and his minions, were in for a cruel surprise. His stunning victory installed a man of seemingly bottomless corruption and infantile character in a position to alter the course of history in ways we are coming to understand daily in ever more personal ways.The fundamental concepts of democracy and fair play are being challenged in such a bold, shameless and relentless way that renders punch drunk the default condition of public engagement, certainly a tactical political goal. This assault on the central values of a progressive society obviously requires a response and I felt that this song and it’s message was aimed at the heart of the situation and deserved amplification. This video is the product of several months work with videographer Carol Luna, and hopes to join the rising clamor of resistance, artistic and otherwise, to this pernicious threat. Contrary to my usual routine of obsessive production, we recorded this song very quickly, using most of what went down live in the basic sessions in the final mix. Solos and vocals were done later but it was a surprisingly cohesive effort, reflecting the urgency of the topic." ~ Michael Ward

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