2018 | Americana
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""Now Preacherman tell me why you don’t articulate.
That Jesus Christ was murdered by a police state.
For talkin’ truth to power and love to hate."
- Liberty-peace-love-minded-street-busking-singer-songwriter in Miami, Florida by way of Los Angeles, California.
- The song includes biblical references to Isaiah 1:22 and 1 Samuel 8, 11-18
- According to Zama, Stone of Freedom, grew out of the question: how would Jesus be treated in America today? Would he be seen as an existential threat?
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Really cool blend of Christian imagery and voluntarism. If folk rock is the way to freedom, then count me in. This is awesome! "Government is only force and violence." When is the last time you heard a lyric like that in a smooth, easy jam? This is truly a gem; the kind of song your whole family could sing while road-tripping across the states!
This folky tune is driven by a catchy beat and is packed with lyrics that slaughter the most sacred of sacred cows, civil religion. The very twisting of Christianity into State worship that people are willing to kill and die for. With most of the people in the United States identifying as Christians, From the very first lines of the song “Now Preacherman tell me why you don’t articulate, That Jesus Christ was murdered by a police state,” Zama aims his words directly at the “believer” and holds up a mirror of their own stated beliefs, and asks them to look at what they’ve allowed to happen to their conscience and integrity.
I'm putting this one on for purely selfish reasons. Zama is a good friend and wildly educated individual. He may or may not be in the group of peoploe reading these emails with you. This song to me is the standout track on his album American Soul, which i presume will have another entry or two on this list. However lets get into the song. I think the reason a song like this is valuable is for the very reason it doesn't reach me intellectually. That's rightt, this thing is so full of references I don't know it might as well be foreign. I listen and I hear a sweet bassline and catchy hook in the choruses with the word freedom attached. But as evidenced by the other two contributors and Zama himself there are layers of biblical reference that goes right past my head. And there it is. He managed to successfuly craft a song that hits people with wildly different values. He found a way to layer meanings. I think being overt is a huge issue for many songwriters in the liberty genre, i don't personally think this song fails in that regard. Quite the contrary.