Music by Gail Hunn ©2012. All rights reserved. Performed by Sunday Sinfonia Orchestra at Albright.
Words and Music by Gail Hunn © 2011. All rights reserved. Performed by Gail Hunn.
Television is subversive. It makes people think. Haha, just kidding. But it did actually make me think, one day back in the Spring of 2012. I was thinking about some titles of recent TV shows, and I realized that you could string them together and make a story. In fact, if you put a little effort into it, you could string them together and come up with a call to action for the American people to get out there and get involved in their country: by voting, or volunteering, or running for office, or whatever. So that’s exactly what I did.
We are suffering from a case of arrested development, “governed” by people who will do anything for money (except the right thing), who will use their leverage and scare tactics to break the bank and strike it rich. From the green acres of the boondocks to the streets of San Francisco, from the young and the restless to the bold and the beautiful, we must clean house – get rid of the silver spoons and restore some law and order in our government. It’s time to stop being the weakest link, time to return to Eden, before we’re all six feet under and pushing up daisies. Life goes on, we’re survivors, we’ll get by, as long as we remember that there is strength in community. And remember, don’t curb your enthusiasm. Good luck, Charlie.
To tell the truth, I could keep going on in this vein, but I think I’ve made my point.
Anyway, this song contains the titles of (at least) 42 TV shows. It is left as an exercise for the alert (or bored) student to discover them all.
NB: “We need some heroes to come out of the blue” is a plea for people to get more involved in their government at the grassroots level. It is NOT a call for armed revolution. I am totally, 100% against the people taking up arms against each other. That would be an admission that we are incapable of solving our problems with reason, humanity, and compassion for all. If we go down that road, well, let’s not go down that road.
This song took several years to write. I wrote the first verse in late 2009, in response to the big bank bailouts. The second verse was inspired by the Citizens United ruling in early 2010, and the third verse didn’t come to me until the Occupy Wall Street movement took off in the Fall of 2011.