About the song, "Good News": I wanted to write a song to get Progressives back on our feet and out of depression. The 2004 Ukrainian Orange Revolution group, 'Greenjolly,' brought Ukrainians back on their feet by creating an anthem like those old, ultimate protest songs: Yankee Doodle, the National Anthem and God Bless America, which changed our country once long ago. It seemed to me that no one song in the US had mobilized the people. I got mad. So I went and wrote that song. If mine weren't good enough to be the ultimate song, then perhaps my song would influence someone else to do it. I introduced my song to Will McFarlane, Bonnie Raitt's former guitarist, and for 20 years, staff musician at the Muscle Shoals Studio, and to Wes Lachot, producer, keyboardist and owner of Overdub Lane Recording, Durham, NC. These two great rock musicians rewrote, arranged and performed the song with me. Wes and Lisa Lachot helped me gather some of the finest rock musicians around: Carter Minor, whose distinctive vocals wake up the ear; Ed Butler, drummer from the famed Red Clay Ramblers; Chris Turner, probably the finest harmonica around; the fabulous David Kreimer wailing on tenor sax and Rick Eckberg on bass; Paul Bowman, trumpet; Billy Stevens, sitar; Branevan Ganesan, tabla; Shem Bartner-Aaron, ceramic dumbek; Wes Lachot, Lisa Lachot, Shannon Dancy and Drea Winters, vocals; and myself, Paul Aaron, songwriter, vocals and rant. Thanks to Jason Merritt, Thom Canova engineers, and to Matt Kalb. I would like to have your critique/laud/hate/wonder/love/etc on the song!
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