Dear reader: you may have seen this video already. You may have heard about it already...I don't know who you're voting for this November and you don't have to know yet, nor do you have to tell me. I offer a link to Senator Obama's speech on race and racism because it floored me, just as it floored Kirsten when I hooked a computer up to our aging television last night and showed it to her. This speech felt like significant US History taking place right in front of me.
Enough advertising...here's his speech for you. Let me know what you think if you like.
I was a huge fan of Jeff Healey in '88-'89...his videos had been making the rounds on MTV and VH1 at that point. "Angel Eyes" was a ballad that had been doing well in video airplay but I was a bigger fan of "Confidence Man". These were the kinds of tunes I was into at that age, right before my obsession with Tad, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth and Pixies...even after I gained those more atavistic obsessions I still enjoyed Healey's blues and his straightforward presentation: a guy who would sing and play the guitar. He didn't come off like an "act"; he came off like a blues player. It's a shame he died so young...41 seems young to me, anyway.