Music, Politics, and Election Year
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. but I was very much under the weather since the Labor Day weekend and starting to recuperate. Thanks all the same for keeping this blog hopping! 🙂
While recovering, I’ve been caught up in the Democratic National Convention and getting all teary-eyed over our First Lady’s deeply moving speech. Every now and then, I go online to check and see what you’ve all been saying, and to see what’s the latest gossip. I saw the comment about Taylor Hicks receiving mean tweets for performing at the RNC. But trust me when I tell you, those tweets are nothing in comparison to the “death threats” a rapper like Nicki Minaj received for including the following verse in a Lil Wayne mixtape:
“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy b***hes is f-ing up the economy.”
Sigh. One thing that I’ve always loved about David is his uncanny savvy in knowing how not to offend and how to stay away from politics. Sure, he performed at one of the Inauguration Balls for President Obama, and he’s appeared a few times at the White House during this administration, but David’s appearances have always been in the context of serving his nation rather than endorsing a political party. With the Republican nominee being a fellow Mormon, would expectations be different for David with folks thinking David’s affiliation naturally fell on that side of the party line?
I’m almost certain, if David were around, an invitation would have been extended for him to perform at the RNC. Would David then feel obliged to perform and, by extension, lend himself to a political party, or would such a move indicate his “bipartisan” status? That certainly wouldn’t stop the angry responses from those who perceived either party in a negative light!
For the first time since David has been on his mission have I been very grateful that he’s far away from these election politics.
I hope when he returns in 2014 that he manages to stay under the political radar, reaching out and appealing to diverse audiences, while maintaining his own values in the realm of the personal.
Although David’s religion is widely known, and many of us (fans and non-fans alike) have made all kinds of speculations about his politics – based simply on his faith – I’ve always admired the way David never, ever came out as pro-this or anti-that. Ever!
Indeed, it’s usually his “entourage” who often volunteers information about his faith, while David himself keeps mum, only revealing the things he feels we need to know (like thanking God for blessings in his various acknowledgments or weepingly revealing his need to serve on a mission – and only revealing such news to a sympathetic audience in Salt Lake City, where they would most likely understand his motives).
Apart from that, David has shrewdly kept these things close to his chest and acting in public in ways that are motivated by his personal beliefs while navigating his actions for maximum appeal.
It is precisely that kind of action on David’s part why I believe he has what it takes to be a superstar. I really do. Because, at such a young age, he is so in tune to putting others first, himself second, and in the process, knowing that politics and faith should never get in the way of appealing to and cooperating with the wider sea of humanity.