I figured more musicians would write songs to try and inspire change or enhance a political movement, but I never expected anyone would try and make it sound so happy.
Third Eye Blind — remember them? — released a new song called, "If There Was a Time," inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Instead of being inspirational, it sounds more like a weak attempt by the band to say, "We're still here! Any chance we can make some money off this, cause we've got bills to pay..."
Singer Stephan Jenkins says on the band's Web site, "I think college students are going to come to terms with the unfairness of student loans, the hallowing out of jobs from finance based capitalism, and the depletion of public wealth. When you take money out of politics, which is what Occupy Wall Street is about for me, you reverse these trends. This song is meant to encourage their participation. I hope we flood this movement with music."
I expect protest music from folk singers, hip-hop artists and energetic rock bands, not a has-been, former Top-40 pop-rock band that hasn't released anything close to a decent song since the masses swallowed their swill back in 1997. It comes off as a sad attempt to get back in public eye and gain attention for the band's upcoming album more than an effort to try inspire and motivate people.
If you're interested in trying to find the shiny, happy side of protesting, listen below: