In 2008 They Might Be Giants was on a megatour with Disney. There were music tents, a water tent, a bunch of bad children's bands and Raven Simone. We spent an arm and a leg to see TMBG, which is my daughter's favorite band. And one of mine, too.
After TMBG did a great set, Dan Zanes took the stage. He was someone who I had been meaning to check out for a while. Back in 2002, I went to see Erin McKeown. As you may remember, I plugged her show in Madison some time ago. She played at Club Helsinki with Gloria Deluxe opening for her. They did this strange country music driven by the accordian about people escaping from the circus. During the show she mentioned she was working with some children's musician.
After the birth of my daughter, I would watch Sesame Street with her, and Dan Zanes did a great song in an episode. Out walks Cynthia Hopkins, front woman of Gloria Deluxe. Hearing a great song, and seeing Cynthia Hopkins, made me want to hear more.
I happen to have a three song rule. I have to hear three songs I like by an artist before I invest in an album. Here was one and after seeing Dan Zanes on stage he passed the test and I bought his album "for my daughter." That album had Nick Cave, The Blind Boys from Alabama, Natalie Merchant and the song "I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister."
As you may remember, in 2008 the economy imploded. That album lived in my car, and that song struck me. That song was as true today as it was in the 1930's. This song should be the voice of the Occupy movement. Or a song like it.