Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Election Songs

Thank God the election is over. At least I think it's over. There's got to be some sort of balance of power in the US Government, no?

I released a flurry of anti-DT videos in the final days and weeks before Election Day. The first one was written minutes after finding out that the President and First Lady had come down with Covid-19 via Trump's political advisor Hope Hicks. The premise of this rap is that given Don John's history of mendaciousness, true things about him--like catching rona, for instance--seem, at first, unbelievable. 

The second joint, "20 for 2020," was penned shortly after "Hope Hicks." It's a litany of some of the things which have most troubled me about our Hypnotist-in-Chief over the course of his political career. In less than three days, this acoustic rap was shared 64 times on Facebook and received over 3,000 listens. 

I wrote "Donald Duck" in 2016 when it became apparent that we'd officially elected a quacky, quirky caricature of a cracked Ray Croc for POTUS. Shawn Parke produced the beats and made an animated video from found-footage for it. I posted this demented children's-song-for-adults vid on Election's Day eve.

And finally, after the election was called, I dropped this next video: "Death Lulz." It's an 8-minute meditation on death and defeat. Even though the Biden/Harris ticket won, which I was happy about of course, I still felt like Trump got 72,000,000 more votes than he deserved. I also had misgivings about the Democrats failure to take the US Senate. And the SCOTUS situation. And Montana dropping the ball. Plus, Biden was never my first choice. Nevertheless, I'm starting to feel re-energized. Maybe kinder, wiser days are on the horizon? I pray this is true.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

I'm honored that Mr. Joseph Running Crane invited me to partake in his brand new video series: OFF THE RESERVATION.

I’m not Native, but I made the cut because I grew up on the nearby Flathead Indian Reservation. Joey, who hails from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, is not only a videographer, he’s also a talented drummer, guitar picker, and country singer-songwriter. Last week he dropped by my place and recorded three of my recently-written songs. Here’s one of them—“Nowhere Left to Hide.”

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sandman's Bandcamp

HEY, FOLKS! Greetings from Quarantown, USA. Headquarters of Lockdown, Inc.

First off, because people have been asking, if you so desire to download any of my past records, look no further than my Bandcamp page.* 

I've written over a hundred songs since my last record in 2016, but I've been way too busy with life to do much recording. Expect a children's record--"Cow Cow"--out by year's end, though. I was scheduled to finish it in March, but the Canadian border closed the week prior to my planned departure.

Below is a re-mix video version of the title track (beats composed by Shawn Parke / TikTok video by Omar Perez).

What else is there to say? Haven't worked my job at The Roxy for almost six weeks. I'm home-(er, crisis)-schooling my daughter four days a week, and she is very bored. I went vegan in January and then back-slid to vegetarian during the pandemic. I thus traded a can of old beef for a rusty, old, beautiful cruiser bicycle (thanks, Nate Biehl!). 

In sum, life is as good, weird, disorienting, terrifying, holy, and perfect as ever. I just wish I could be touring during this downtime. Hopefully autumn, pre-election. 

Until then, with Love,

Chris "Sandman" Sand