In the 80s, when rock and roll music was booming in my home state of Georgia – booming in both Athens and Atlanta – I had come back from California and was hanging out with, and going to see bands with, a young woman who was as deeply involved in the Atlanta/Athens music scene as I was, and as passionate about it.
At one point she said to me, “JC, the problem is that rock and roll used to be about the truth – but now, for a whole lot of people, it’s about money.”
We have had this critically important thought.
And this conflict – The Truth vs. Money – is at the heart of the Can Rock and Roll project, which is a search for the powerful expression of the truth in the face of a tyranny of financial power – a tyranny which is a generator of lies, on a massive scale.
And this generation of lies is conscious, carefully planned, and well-funded.
What we are looking for in Can Rock and Roll is musicians and non-musicians who want to come together to inspire and create powerful music, powerful songs, that tell the truth.
My grandmother always used to repeat to us the age-old saying:
“The truth will out.”
That saying is close to another saying or trio of sayings:
“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
I was feeling totally alienated and totally depressed one chilly evening when I lived in San Francisco in my 20s, wandering around on the crowed lonely streets, and I will never forget seeing what someone had scrawled, in paint, on a telephone pole:
“Tell the truth and shame the devil.”
Reading that short phrase on that damned telephone, while lonely and alienated in an overwhelming city, inspired me!”
It truly did. I had an instant feeling of elevation.
That is the power of communication! Whoever not only had that thought but took the time to present it, and in a public space, had an impact. On me.
The statement on that phone pole is a formula for success, and the sharing of light and illumination. The forces of darkness do not want anyone shining a light into the black arenas out of which they operate, let alone a blazing, supercharged light.
But that is what a song can be, and our goal is to help each other figure out how to create these songs, and launch them into the electronic and human universe.
The truth packs power.