“Just look at the Old Testament. They didn’t go out with the army first. They sent the musicians out.” ~ Michael W. Smith
One year ago my good friend & songmate, BigDawg, and I decided to launch BigDawg Music Mafia to showcase the many creative ways our fellow patriots are getting engaged in the pop culture revolution, speaking truth to power through their God-given talents (songs, art, blogs, books, photography, poems, radio shows, film, humor, acting, etc).
Today, with 565 members/artists attracting over half a million site hits from around the world in our first year, we have plenty to say and an increasing number of visitors dropping in every day to “hear” us out. With such a diverse group of artists with a wide range of talent, it is only natural that some of us would find ourselves joining forces on some cool collaborations/projects.
[vimeo 27276422 Get Off The Stage (The BigDawg Patriots Featuring Jana Seantelle)]
There is a new wave of protest music sweeping the country, but it’s not coming from the left — it’s coming from the right side of the political spectrum. A band of New Patriot musicians have collaborated to release a new song entitled Get Off the Stage and it has a potent message for President Obama and other leaders:
“We’re not following your act on Twitter, We’re not fans of your Facebook Page, Your 15 minutes are up, Get Off the Stage.”
This song is a collaboration by artists who believe in liberty and are not satisfied with country’s direction. All of the artists on the song are stars in their own right who have come together to record a song that sends a clear message to our country’s leaders that real change is needed. These artists have watched the country’s leaders expand the size of government, rack up huge debt, and ignore its citizens.
The song features Nashville lead vocalist Jana Seantelle whose rich vocals capture the ire that is rising in this country for real change.
Seantelle is joined by artists from a broad range of musical styles ranging from Jonathan Paddington’s searing rock guitar to Lisa Mei Norton’s insightful backing vocals. The cast and crew of The Big Dawg Patriots is filled out by 99.3FM and 1400AM KQMS Talk Radio Host Alana Burke, Nashville’s Jon Statham, Mick, and the original BigDawg (Andrew) on keyboards. The song was digitally mastered at Studio Paridiso by Shawn Biggs.
The BigDawg Music Mafia website is ground zero for the New Patriot Sound that is spreading across the country.
Hollywood and the Left no longer have a monopoly on the music industry. While cool conservative music may come as a surprise to some, the New Patriot Sound is living proof that conservative music is cool.
Jana Seantelle – The idea of a female vocalist, a country one at that, came after both Jon and Mick had tried out the song and did not find it fitting their voices. Jana was one of six female vocalists that responded to the Craigslist and BigDawg postings.
“…I consider myself to be a Jesus lovin’, heat packin’, flag wavin’ AMERICAN!!! Here is a link to MySpace. You can hear my voice and get in touch with me if you think I’ll be a fit. -Jana”
Get off the Stage puts forth common sense and is a great rallying vehicle. And we really need to rally right now. I’ve changed from apprehension about getting involved, to action. It’s like ‘My name is Jon Statham and this is what I believe.’ The time for just being a spectator is over for most people. There is too much at stake. One cannot sit on the sidelines anymore — it’s your future that is being decided right now!
I thank the Good Lord every day for giving this movement a true leader. Drew often says “For me it’s all about the music and the arts, helping others, making them believe in themselves, and encouraging them to get involved.”
Social networks allow me to keep my finger on the pulse of America and it is the voices of the often silent majority that I want to engage. People from every state are tuning in and most importantly, sharing their voices on the air, in chat, and on Facebook. It’s true that professional pundits are powerful people, but each and every one of us has the same weight when it comes to voting.
As TEA Partiers go, I am more of the accidental variety. I attended my first TEA party out of paternal protectionism rather than patriotism. My daughter attended the rally for a homework assignment, and I was there to protect her from crazed skinhead bigots intent on violence. I arrived at the rally ready to play man-to-man defense. Instead, I learned first-hand what Mark Twain meant when he said he “had a lot of worries in (his) life, most of which never happened.” His quote described perfectly my experience at the rally. Instead of nuts, I encountered reasonable people with reasonable ideas about the role of government in America. These people honestly feared for their children’s and grandchildren’s future. More than that, their distinct love of America was as refreshing as it was palpable. I was inspired and the chorus to We R Drinking Tea! (which was recorded by Jon Statham) literally popped into my head on the drive home from the rally.
As any amateur songwriter will tell you, we hear two things when we share a new song. First we hear: “that’s really good”, which is immediately followed by: what are you going to do with it?” We love the first part; the second part is kind of a buzz kill.
This time was different. I knew what I was going to do with it. When my wife and daughter inevitably played the watyagonnadowithit card, I replied “Share it”.
As the pendulum swings, its a new day coming, grassroots underground Patriots are moving into the light, one by one, to rescue the land…….,help is on the way! ~ Niner