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Saturday, February 16, 2008

everlast's "letters home from the garden of stone"

it surprises me that there aren't more popular musicians with songs that explicitly address the wars in iraq and/or afghanistan. there are a lot of anti-bush songs around, but not many that have much to say about what's going on in places where people are being killed nearly every day.

so, i wanted to make sure to point out this new everlast video. it's for his new song "letters home from the garden of stone." it's written from the perspective of a US soldier who is both proud and unsure of the rightness of his cause. i have a lot of respect for everlast in general, and i really appreciate that he was motivated to write and record this.

4 comments:

Blogger  said...

Great post. I had high hopes for the Neil Young album, which somehow came off less angry than "this note's for you."

I like this Josh Ritter song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqLssKusGzM

I also think John Vanderslice's Exodus Damage is the best song about 9/11 mania:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNNzGhzIAVo

2/18/2008 12:21:00 AM
Blogger  said...

thanks! i really love that john vanderslice song. some really memorable lyrics. there's a pretty interesting remix of it by alias, available here: https://www.johnvanderslice.com/html/mp3_index.html

2/18/2008 07:39:00 AM
Anonymous newagey said...

very interesting.

how can this dude also be a part of the ass clown posse of LA COKA NOSTRA?

2/18/2008 11:21:00 AM
Blogger  said...

everlast's a bundle of contradictions. i think it's pretty cool, actually, that he's got, like, his mob rap thing going on, and then he flips it and does songs that you literally hear on adult contemporary radio. he's also probably the only irish muslim dude doing hip-hop inflected country music.

2/18/2008 12:45:00 PM

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