Alvin is just a regular American citizen, who has been a musician since the age of seven. Hebuilt a small recording studio in his home to make music ...Music was and is how I express what I feel.
Watching the news on TV over the past few years and personally witnessing how the government dealt with the banking/mortgage crisis, with so many people homeless and more losing their homes, with the various Middle East wars I got more and more angry. Our government representatives seemed more concerned with getting money to get elected, than the people who elect them. With the constant partisan political infighting, I got more and more frustrated with the people leading our country. Not Republicans or Democrats. Republicans AND Democrats. Mine is a bipartisan frustration.When they shut down the government recently and discontinued services, that was the last straw. When I realized that Congress made sure that they, the Congressmen still got paid, I thought to myself enough is enough and the song Rough Times In America just seemed to come together.
The music flowed quickly and the lyrics came easy. This is not a slick, Los Angeles record production....there are no big stars singing on the song.....no studio musicians; it is not backed by a big corporate record company or any political organization. I am an ordinary American expressing my frustration at the job the people running this country are doing, the only way I know how....through music. I made the video using video clips other Americans and organizations had posted to YouTube. The internet is a media outlet NO ONE can control.
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