As Occupy Wallstreet and our own local version, OccupyMN, wear on, more and more Minnesota musicians are asserting themselves as vocal members of the 99%. Over the past few weeks, artists ranging from hip-hop acts Toki Wright, Sean Anonymous, and Guante to R&B maven Mayda to former Husker Du drummer-turned-songwriter Grant Hart have performed in solidarity with the Occupy movement, and over the weekend a few more notable musicians threw their hat in the ring.
[jump] On Friday afternoon, Jeremy Messersmith announced that he had written, recorded, and uploaded a new song in less than 24 hours. The song, called "Blue Sky (Corporations Are People My Friend)," is a contemplative acoustic ballad that concisely sums up some of Messersmith's thoughts on the current situation and offers a sentiment of hope.
Just a few hours after the song was released, Messersmith took to his Twitter account to defend his new tune: "I guess a few people are weirded out that I wrote something "political." I'm not sure how to console them... I write what I feel. I always have, otherwise there isn't much point in writing about something, at least for me. These are complex and serious issues we face and sometimes writing a song can be a great way to explore an idea or point of view."
In true democratic fashion, Messersmith is offering the track as a free download and invites others to remix and reuse the song at will. Read the lyrics at his SoundCloud page, and listen to the track here: