Omaha’s angst-ridden singer songwriter cum indie rock star, Bright Eyes, in conjunction with Saddle Creek Records is offering a free song on iTunes. The song, “When the President Talks to God,” performed recently on Jay Leno, caused a stir do to its politically-charged thematics.
Holmes at Downhill Battle sees it this way:
This is the kind of thing that can happen when real people with real ideas can become rock stars without taking on crushing debt to the system.
Setting aside how we feel about Bush, do we think it’s a good thing for savants in cowboy hats to be taking apart the President on national TV? Hell yes. And would he have done it if just one pissed-off record exec could decide to let his next album rot in a vault somewhere (along with his legal ability to record new music) ’till his contract ran out when he turned 30?
Well Conor Oberst seems a more than averagely principled or stubborn guy, so maybe he would have. But maybe not.