Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Swing Low Alabama

Neil Young didn’t make a lot of friends down South when he sang Southern Man and Alabama. All his talk of burning crosses and slavery rubbed a lot of Southerners the wrong way. This inspired Lynyrd Skynyrd to write Sweet Home Alabama, as a confederate marching anthem with the lyrics:

Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard old Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around, anyhow

Music is a powerful force. With just a few opening notes, emotions, allegiances, politics and loyalties can fly. Look at Waltzing Matilda in Australia or any national anthem. It can divide a room, it can lead to violence, unity or change.

When music is used in advertising it can instill those same emotions and loyalty onto the brand.

Thinking about it - if sustainability is any kind of movement, it really needs some kind of rocking theme song. Jack White is in the process of writing a song for Coke - Celine Dion wrote a smash hit about Canadian Airlines. Maybe they could get Jello Biafra to come up with another Moon over Marin.

But just don't sit there, get writing, here are a few old album covers to inspire you.

But wait! I’ve been distracted by sex appeal! Here is the Paris Hilton Burger King adif you haven’t seen it already. It was pulled from TV.

I really should have an excuse to have foxy young blondes on a serious blog - so maybe we can turn this into discussion of some sorts, about gratuity, objectification, stereotyping, or the other ills of the trade - maybe get some feminist impressions. If not, let's chalk it up to mirth.


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