Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jonathan Mann, "Torture Memos - Waterboarding"

Now there have been all sorts of "found object" songs. Some were inspired by Brian Eno and David Byrne's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" (in the early 1980s, some Reed College students issued a "New Music Sampler" cassette that had at least a couple of examples of the "marry radio to music" format), while others merely took written material and incorporated it into the song (the Wings song "The Broadcast" from Back to the Egg is an example of this).

Jonathan Mann fell into the latter category.

On this morning's "Handel on the News" segment, Bill Handel and his crew played an excerpt from this song:

my Fox Chicago explained the genesis of the song:

In January, singer/songwriter Jonathan Mann challenged himself to write a song and upload a video for it every single day. For his 109th song, Mann got lyrical assistance from former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo: "Torture Memos: Waterboarding" sets the content of a recently released CIA memo on waterboarding detainees to music.

The Vimeo video on this page explains Mann's Rock Cookie Bottom" project. And if you want to buy the song, click the "Buy Me $1" button here.
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