I’ve blogged here before about Madison Rising, an almost-heavy metal rock group that several vets formed. Despite its hard guitar licks, pulsing beat, and gravel voiced singing, the band’s orientation is definitely conservative. It’s songs are pro-military, pro-American, pro-capitalism and anti-OWS. It’s not necessarily my kind of music (I’m a bit old for it), but it’s definitely my kind of band. (Kind of like Taylor Swift: Her music doesn’t float my boat, but I really admire her because she is a classy gal in an often debased industry.)
I learned recently that I have a “one degree of separation” relationship with Madison Rising. The band’s manager is Richard Mgrdechian. Back in 2006, he wrote a very good book called How The Left Was Won: An In-Depth Analysis of the Tools and Methodologies Used by Liberals to Undermine Society and Disrupt the Social Order. I have a copy of the book in my office, courtesy of Rich himself. When he first published How The Left Was Won, Rich was still living in the Bay Area. I met him for coffee (he’s a really nice guy), and he told me about the impetus for the book. Rich gave me permission to post several interesting passages at my blog, which you can see here, here and here.
You can see where I might have a strong interest in Madison Rising, given that it’s a band I admire, managed by a man I like. Just the other day, the band added to the list one other reason for me to like it: it walked into the lion’s den, performing at an OWS rally — to the great delight of the OWSers, who had no idea what the band was singing, but who knew they liked the music:
In a story you will NOT hear or read about in the mainstream media, it appears Madison Rising truly did “occupy” the Occupiers and those in attendance were completely oblivious to the fact that they were being entertained by a pro-American, pro-military, pro-capitalism (you get the picture) band. In fact, they absolutely loved the music; they were dancing to it, cheering them on, and even tweeting how “tight” this band was as they performed songs like American Dream, Honk if You Want Peace, Before the Hyphen Came, and Where Was The Media Then. Perhaps they were too stoned to pay any attention to the lyrics or could it be they are just that clueless? My guess is both!
You rock, guys, truly you do!