I've been meaning to link this brilliant thing for days, but I keep forgetting to do it (moi? Forget something? How shocking!). See, this is why I could never live in Québec: I couldn't possibly live up to their motto. I'd be thrown out on my derriere.
Anyway, here's the video. Hilarious and pathetically true:
The guy who does the music is Eric Schwartz. I don't know anything about him, but the first thing read when I Googled him was "Eric Schwartz has morphed ADHD into Art", and that's all I really need to know. :D
This guy, I know. I grew up knowing him. Give up seven-ish minutes of your day to watch a real, old-school Democrat in action:
Call it noblesse oblige if you must, but I don't see obligation, here, I see anger. Watching this makes my oft-flickering hope for America burn a bit brighter. Every time I turn around I'm more proud of my home state. Way to go, Senator.
What factors make a song patriotic?lyrics that invoke national pride1(11.1%)stirring or uplifting music0(0.0%)imagery of a country's natural beauty (landscapes, seascapes, mountains etc)0(0.0%)rememberances of military battles (specific or general, i.e. 'bombs bursting in air')0(0.0%)nonmilitary historical references ("...built the mines the mills and the factories for the good of us all")0(0.0%)references to the national flag0(0.0%)a plethora of ticky boxes!0(0.0%)lyrics that challenge national direction/policies (i.e.Give Ireland Back to the Irish)0(0.0%)humour, national self-mocking (i.e. Canada is Really Big)0(0.0%)religious references (God Bless America, God Save the Queen)0(0.0%)a call to arms (i.e. Over There)0(0.0%)reminders of a specific historic period (i.e. Long, Long Trail)0(0.0%)a call to rebellion (i.e.Come Out, Ye Black and Tans0(0.0%)lyrics about the land itself (i.e.The Field Behind the Plough)0(0.0%)Other (list in comments)0(0.0%)
What doyou consider a turn-off in a patriotic song?lyrics that invoke national pride0(0.0%)stirring or uplifting music0(0.0%)imagery of a country's natural beauty0(0.0%)rememberances of military battles1(11.1%)nonmilitary historical references0(0.0%)references to the national flag0(0.0%)lyrics that challenge the current national direction0(0.0%)humour, national self-mocking1(11.1%)religious references1(11.1%)a call to arms0(0.0%)reminders of a specific historical period0(0.0%)a call to rebellion0(0.0%)lyrics about the land itself0(0.0%)other (list in comments)0(0.0%)too many ticky-boxes, dammit!0(0.0%)
Can a song that disagrees with national opinion be patriotic?Yes. Dissent is patriotic6(66.7%)No. A patriotic song sings the praises of a nation, not the shortcomings0(0.0%)Sometimes, as long as it's respectful2(22.2%)other (discuss in comments)1(11.1%)
What do you consider your favourite patriotic song for your country? (give reasons in comments)
What do you consider your favourite patriotic song from another country?
I...am a citizen of the country where I live9(100.0%)am not a citizen, but have lived here for a long time0(0.0%)have dual citizenship in two countries0(0.0%)am a citizen of one country, but planning on moving and becoming a citizen of another0(0.0%)am not a citizen, but am planning on becoming one0(0.0%)am not a citizen and do not plan on becoming one0(0.0%)
- and finally, a cool little meme:
Reply to this and I will:
1) Tell you why I friended you.
2) Associate you with a song/movie.
3) Tell a random fact about you.
4) Tell my first memory of you.
5) Associate you with an animal/fruit.
6) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
Reposting in your own LJ is encouraged, but not insisted upon. :)
- Okay, must go. Off to songdog's house!