Remember, remember the 5th of November
Today is November 5th, a date that only has real significance to me, as an US American, because of the film V For Vendetta (based on the graphic novel of the same name, by Alan Moore). I first watched the film in 2005, when it was out in theaters, and it immediately shot to the top of my favorite movies list. I must have watched it at least ten times since.
Who knows whether I would have joined the Occupy movement (or whether the Occupy movement would have existed in the first place), were it not for the instrumental role that V For Vendetta has played in the zeitgeist of the US since its release. What I do know is that Guy Fawkes masks have been plentiful at Occupy demonstrations throughout the years, and it has nothing to do with the firework celebrations in Great Britain each November 5th. And that it's no coincidence that the scene set in my song "it's a post-industrial world" closely resembles that of a scene from the film; nor that the voice actors who helped me set the scene were from Occupy Raleigh.
In my last blog post, where I announced that I've pulled the plug on my solo music endeavor, GioSafari, I wrote more about how my experiences with the Occupy movement impacted my songwriting and the trajectory of my music career. And in the previous entry, I wrote about how this movement, these ideas, impacted the creation of Revolution 99, the sole original track on the final GioSafari album, I Am The Walrus (now available on iTunes!). Indeed, the influence is felt when I declare "I am the walrus" or exhort "give peace a chance."
So here's wishing you, also, a dance-filled and most revolutionary day.