The fact that I was listening to Bernie Sanders fight songs should tell you where I stand on the upstart Presidential candidate, but this is not a campaign post (though if you want some of those, look over here). Actually I fell under the spell of the breadth and creativity shown by these songs, which are both deeply political and moving and/or funny. Since I think genre perceptions are both bunk and central to everything, I got to marveling at the range you can hear just among those posting to YouTube, with the election still fourteen months away. People are freaking talented.
Heck of an opening metaphor.
Dylanesque Folk Song
“Hey, Bernie Sanders, I wrote you a song” is, of course, an explicit reference to Dylan’s 1962 ‘Song to Woody [Guthrie].’
There’s also this excellent version.
Folk-Rock with a Twist
Electronic Dance Mix
Wit, intelligent social commentary, defiance, great beat.
Disagree with my genre names? You’re probably right too.