From one extreme to the other if you think about the song I posted last to the one I am listen to right now.
The first song I posted was “T.I. Eminem “All She Wrote”.
So from rap to this crazy hard core rock.
A confession though… Rise Against is one of my favorite bands and this song is a great example of why.
I love the type of shit this band sings about.
Based on the music video, I’m guessing this song is about hurricane Katrina. Though, when I first heard it, and just hearing the words, I thought it was about the BP oil disaster. I mean, with lyrics like “Five Thousand feet below, as black smoke engulfs the sky- the ocean floor explodes, eleven mothers cry…”
So to me, this song reminds me of that.
This song also reminds me of something else too.
During the time of this BP oil disaster, I was about a year into my incarceration and just really starting out with my cartoons.
This oil disaster gave me a lot of material to work with. Unfortunately, during this time I began creating editorial type cartoons about the situation in the gulf and submitting them to different newspapers.
When I would submit cartoons to these various newspapers, I would say something like “Hey I’m incarcerated trying to make a better way for myself… trying to turn a negative into a positive… maybe through my cartoons I could do that. If you decide to use one of my cartoons, please send me a copy of whatever page my work is displayed on, (a tare sheet) for my portfolio.”
Well, long story short, one day this guy comes up to me and said “Hey, didn’t you draw this?” And I’ll be damned if it wasn’t one of my cartoons I had submitted work threw.
They published one of my cartoons about the BP oil spill. But they never sent me the tare sheet I had asked for.
Fucking dicks. I thought.
Oh well. I learned a valuable lesson early into my cartooning adventure…
Many people are not willing to take serious or even honor the wishes of someone locked up trying to work towards better.
So yeah… this song reminds me a lot of that time. And just the whole help is on the way…
I like that a lot.