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WAR ON—an unusual piece of satire from Eric Wrobbel. Perhaps more politics than music. We asked Wrobbel to explain it in his own words:
“Isn’t it obvious? The song mocks a culture obsessed by war so much that it actually declares ‘war on violence’ with a straight face. We’re talking about a culture enamored with violence--in films and television, in video games and sporting events. We’re talking about a culture that views violence as ENTERTAINMENT.
“In America we have three times as many guns as any other country on earth. We are also the world’s largest exporter of armaments, supplying the world what it needs to wreak mayhem on each other. And we’ve got plenty of people making plenty of money off of it.
“And yet this culture still scratches its collective head in wonderment at the increasingly frequent symptoms of its illness. ‘How could this happen?’ we say after the latest shooting, bombing, etc.
“We are so awash in violence we can’t even see it. Our language is even polluted with it. We ‘fight’ poverty and cancer and climate change, and we have legal ‘battles.’ We pay lip service to ideas of ‘teamwork’--yet promote a false individualism that is selfish, antisocial, contrary, and childish. We’re policed and governed in an adversarial paradigm.
“We teach our children the names and dates and heroes of wars not to show the pointless aberration that war is, but to normalize it and prepare the young to willingly accept their role as war’s future fodder. We have normalized war to the point where even little children run around in t-shirts proclaiming ‘Star Wars’ and no one thinks a thing of it. Admit it. You think that is a crazy criticism, don’t you? But is it?”
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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