Pundits have suspected that President Obama has a hard time relating to ordinary people. He seems to be distant and aloof, hoping to remain “above the fray.” Unfortunately, he is also looking like a wimp who is afraid to fight for what progressives and liberals believe to be proper public policy. His cultural and educational background taught him to compromise and be conciliatory. However, this is not how the civil rights movement was able to make progress during the 1960’s. This is a losing strategy for dealing with the angry and aggressive tea-baggers who are holding our country hostage. As Bill Maher has stated we need a gansta (i.e., tough-black) president now more than ever!!
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are offended and concerned that America’s “first black president” would forget his roots in the African-American community. Problem is that Barack Obama has few if any connections to the legacy of slavery that has hung over the African-American community for centuries. One way to think about this is that Barack Obama never had to really feel or sing the blues (this purely American music is intimately tied to African-American heritage and community.) This article provides details on the history of the blues and its relationship to black culture. You will also learn how to write your own blues song – using my free instrumental tracks for you to sing with. I also review the wonderful book, DVD, and CD produced by Bill Wyman (former bassist for the Rolling Stones) called Blues Odyssey. Pass this on so we all can start singing and enjoying the blues.
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