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Politics and music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by glocke1, Nov 16, 2012.


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  1. glocke1

    glocke1

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    Have your political views gotten in the way of your musical relationships ?

    Mine have not, mainly since I am really not all that actively involved in music that much these days, but I am wondering what things would be like if I were.

    Politically, I am fairly conservative, probably by definition a libertarian. I favor smaller government, less taxes, less entitlement programs, strongly believe in the second amendment (actually am pretty much of a gun nut, lets just say I own more guns than basses and leave it at that).

    Probably the only area that I am liberal is that I believe in the legalization of marijuana.

    I also supported Romney.

    This past election season I was not shy about my beliefs, but not obnoxious about it. If people brought politics up in conversation I would engage them, and when it came to facebook I would limit my political postings to once a week (far less than the majority of my liberal FB friends).

    I really can't help but wonder how my beliefs would have affected my musical relationships, especially since most of the bands I've been a member of in the past had members that were pretty far left leaning.
     
  2. Orangeclawhammr

    Orangeclawhammr Supporting Member

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    I play with two guitarists/singers. One is liberal but doesn't say much. I have no idea where the other stands. He is very successful in his business and supremely diplomatic. That's fine with me. I don't often like to discuss politics. Suffice it to say that I can be uncomfortable with any extreme and have the curse of being able to see all three sides of a two-sided argument.

    That said, I resent hearing artists carrying on about their politics on stage.
     
  3. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    Like you, OP, I'm a libertarian conservative.

    The drummer I work with is like minded. The singer is a leftie, but not dogmatically so.

    The political differences don't get in the way of us making music; no problem!
     
  4. Nev375

    Nev375

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    Its more of a problem these days. 20 years ago, not many people cared if you were the opposite party. Now, nothing good can come from discussing politics. Half of my family has disowned the other half. There have been threats, and some people have been informed they will never see their grandkids or nephews again. It's crazy.

    I'd be shocked if a 2 party band could function now.

    I expect this thread to close soon.
     
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  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002

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    As stated in our rules, we do not allow politics here.
     

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