Today our nation celebrates George Washington's birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, which was first made a federal holiday in 1885 to honor the life and work of our first US President. Presidents' Day also commemorates past US presidents, however, many are using today as an opportunity to boldly express their dissatisfaction with our current President.
Among such persons is singer-songwriter/producer David Poe who exercises his freedom of expression with his new animated video he created for his song "What the President Said." The song begins with a subtle vocal "Don't let him get away with it" leading directly to a chorus of women singing "Did you hear what the President said?" and "Did you hear the President lie?" Gradually, the song builds to the uproarious rally cry of hundreds of women shouting, “This is what democracy looks like!!” which was recorded directly from the Women's March in Washington DC on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump's inauguration.
In the video, the Statue Of Liberty comes to life and leads a diverse and ever-growing group of Americans across the country. When Liberty falls and loses grip on her torch, the people come together to lift her back up while a group of women catches her torch in a formation evoking the Battle of Iwo Jima. Liberty rises, shouting to the crowd, “Show me what democracy looks like!” with the people answering, “This is what democracy looks like!”
Poe says, "the song challenges a president who many believe is imperiling American ideals with outrageous falsehoods, divisiveness, brinkmanship and incompetency." Through the song and video, Poe hopes to "invigorate voters before midterm elections this November, and beyond."
Of course, we know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but whether or not you agree with the message, it is hard to deny the expert craftsmanship of Mr. Poe's songwriting and producing. In just over two minutes, Poe manages to create an amalgam of strong political sentiment and soul-stirring musical elements in a way that only an adept songwriter can. He puts female soul singer, Sister C, front and center with her moving and powerful vocal delivery. He seamlessly weaves in the layers of the handclaps and protest cries from the Women's March, which magnify the song's timeliness and relevance.
While one would consider this a protest song, the visual of Lady Liberty being rescued by droves of people from all walks of life underscores the optimistic message that together, we can make a difference.
The video was created by Alaska-based illustrator/animator Vanessa Sweet. For more on David Poe: DavidPoeMusic.com