Politician Donald Trump, don’t abuse my music, Neil Young says


This 1989 music video from the USA is called Neil YoungRockin’ In The Free World (lyrics).

Sometimes, United States millionaire Donald Trump is in the news for threatening a wildlife beauty spot in Scotland. Sometimes, he is in the news because his sons kill elephants, leopards, or other wildlife in Africa. He was in the news for seeking the Republican party nomination for president of the USA four years ago. But he failed.

Now, Donald Trump is one of many Republican candidates for the presidency (most of them with lots of money) again. Like many candidates, he chose a campaign song. And, like many politicians (especially Republicans, like Michelle Bachmann or John McCain) he chose a song which the musician who wrote it did not want him to use.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Neil Young: Trump should not use “Rockin’ in the Free World”

Today, 12:42

The newly minted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched his campaign, reinforcing it with the song Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young. The singer is not happy about that, writes The New York Times.

According to the team of Young, Trump had no right to use the song. His team says in a statement that the artist supports another presidential candidate. “Neil Young is a Canadian citizen and wants Bernie Sanders to become President of the United States.” Sanders is a left-wing Democrat, for whom social democracy is the example.

Musicians and politicians

Rockin’ in the Free World was released in 1989 by Neil Young. In the song, he criticized then-President George HW Bush and the Republican Party.

Other famous musicians have spoken out against politicians because they used their music. Eg, in 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used several times the song by the Silversun Pickups, Panic Switch. That band then wrote a letter in which they dissociated themselves from Romney’s campaign.

Recently members of the punk band Dropkick Murphys on Twitter asked the governor of Wisconsin

Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate like Donald Trump

not to use their music any longer. “please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you !!!” they wrote.

Donald Trump Wins Title Of Most Disliked Republican Candidate: here.

And the Trump announcement story just keeps getting better: the candidate allegedly paid actors $50 to cheer for him at his rally. See also here.

Northern Irish pro-marriage equality campaign


This music video from Ireland says about itself:

Bronagh Gallagher – Love Will Find You

19 February 2013

Bronagh Gallagher (aka Derry‘s daughter) with her amazing band absolutely stormed the Glassworks with a blistering set.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Gallagher: Spread joy of same-sex marriage

Friday 12th June 2015

SINGER and actress Bronagh Gallagher has called for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland ahead of her performance at a Belfast marriage equality rally on Saturday.

Ms Gallagher will be supported on stage by Quire, a 30-strong choir of LGBT singers.

The rally in front of Belfast City Hall will follow a march through the city being organised by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Rainbow Project.

“I was a big supporter of the Yes campaign in the Republic and now I want to see that joy spread to Northern Ireland,” said Ms Gallagher.

“For me, this is dead simple. I think everyone is equal and the law should treat them as equal. No more and no less than that.”

Northern Ireland left behind on gay marriage issue, say Belfast marchers. Thousands join demonstration calling for an end to province’s status as ‘last bastion of discrimination against gay people in these islands’: here.

ABOUT 20,000 gay rights supporters marched through Belfast city centre on Saturday to demand that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage be extended to Northern Ireland: here.

Jazz musician Ornette Coleman, RIP


This video from the USA, about music recorded in 1959, is called Ornette ColemanLonely Woman.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Innovator, Dies at 85

By BEN RATLIFF

JUNE 11, 2015

Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85.

The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.

Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early ’60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm, and gained more distance from the American songbook repertoire. His own music, then and later, became a new form of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective language, and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences.

Though his early work— a kind of personal answer to his fellow alto saxophonist and innovator Charlie Parker— lay right within jazz — and generated a handful of standards among jazz musicians of the last half-century — he later challenged assumptions about jazz from top to bottom, bringing in his own ideas about instrumentation, process and technical expertise.

See also here.