The three big Internet developments of 2003 have been legal music downloading, presidential politics and personal web logs or “blogs.” The latter two — politics and blogs — have been intersecting, but so far music hasn’t interacted substantially with them. That will likely change. I hear — via the Internet — that Willie Nelson has written a very strong protest song that he plans to perform at a Dennis Kucinich fundraising rally hosted by the Dave Matthews Band’s guitarist Tim Reynolds at the Austin Music Hall on Jan. 3. The song, titled “What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth,” is reportedly a broadside against President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and its aftermath. That will likely reverberate on the Internet and on blogs in an enormous way.
This is highly doubtful. I like Willie Nelson as much as the next guy but I suspect Kucinich will still finish in the low single digits in every primary he enters. Indeed, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that we won’t see a significant increase in old men wearing pony tails and smoking marijuana, either.
Speaking of Willie Nelson and old men reminds me of this classic verse:
There’s a lot of doctors that tell me
I better start slowin’ it down
But there’s more old drunks than there are old doctors
So I think I’ll have another round.
How the genius that came up with those words could support Kucinich, I’ll never know.