I've called this as an alternative rock song, for want of a better description that's slightly less bland than calling it a rock song. Be that as it may, it's really an angry song about the Global Financial Crisis that has just about brought down Western Civilization as we know it.
In the 80's they said greed was good, but I never agreed with that. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for making a profit, but I'd rather people do it via the sweat of their brow or through clever innovation rather than through manipulating the system. In other words, cheating society by abusing their position in society.
Unfortunately, this has been allowed to happen, world-wide, thanks to those we should be able to trust, like our politicians and those running our financial institutions and major corporations.
And that's what this song is about: When those who make the rules break the rules, why can they get away with it?
Politicians have always been susceptible to corruption, from time immemorial, so it's nothing new. Trouble is, it used to be criminals who did the corrupting. But not any more. Over the last twenty to thirty years, the rules and regulations that protect us have been watered down or just plain torn down until we've been left naked and vulnerable without knowing it
And sure, through lobbying and donating to campaign funds, they've bought our politicians lock, stock and barrel, we still have to take some of the blame, if nothing else just for being complacent.
But I might leave that for another song. Those Who Make The Rules is about punishing those who have profited unfairly from our complacency. Still, there are those who refuse to take it lying down. They may be too few, but we are all in this together, so we should give them our moral support at least.
Let's hope the Occupy Wall Street Movement succeeds.
This is from Youtube, and the HD version isn't quite as good a quality as the .avi file I created, using Blender 3D, but it's not too bad.
Blender 3D, you say? Isn't that for modelling in 3D?
Well, yes it is. But it has a lot of other features as well, including being able to create and edit video clips. Primarily, this feature is for creating animations, but it is remarkably flexible for plain old 2D movies as well. If you want to create or edit videos for the first time and you need to do some fancy manipulation that something like Windows Movie Maker is unsuitable for, but you've never used any of the professional software packages, try Blender. It's free! It does have a big learning curve, but so do all the others. However there is a lot of help on the internet, and once you get the hang of it, you might actually want to try modelling and then making your own animated movies.
In the video, I started off by searching through public domain archives looking for a movie(s) I could use to take snippets out of to create a story I could put my song to. I've ended up using White Zombie, an old black and white movie from 1932.
Like my video for I Hate The Banks most of the public domain movies are old black and white movies. This time I decided on a love-triangle theme with Zombies thrown it. And who doesn't love Zombies? This probably one of the first Zombie movies ever made and it stars Bela Lugosi!
Ah ... they don't make actors like that anymore.