I was sitting in a ramen shop here in Japan at lunch today and chatting with an Englishman about the incoming US presidential election results and BREXIT. Both of us were despairing a bit about our fellow citizens and their choices.
Now that the election is over though I think there’s no time for despair and there’s no point in indulging in nonsense about leaving the country (though I admit to have thought about it in more than a little detail).
The results are disappointing for many reasons, but mostly because they reveal what I suspected for most of this year. There was a great mass of ugliness lurking beneath the surface of electorate. Now it is out in the open and it is time to work against it. That’s what I think we should focus on in the coming months and years.
Cheers and all the best to all of us as Americans.
Here written by Bruce Cummings. Shake It Off written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. Vicious written by Lou Reed. Empire State music by Bruce Cummings and lyrics by Ian Cummings. Shimmer written by Martin Whitehead (originally performed by The Flatmates).
A new full-length Walmartians collection for 2015:
Performed and recorded by Walmartians. All songs written by BDCummings except A Hummingbird World written by BDCummings and IDCummings. Recorded and mixed in Chicago, New York, London, Beijing and Fukuoka.
There With You is for my family. Owl & Panda is for Grace, Ben and Warren. 9090909 is a bit of a reworking of 909, which originally appeared on the 909 2 1504 EP. The Age Of Smoke was inspired by and is dedicated to Beijing.
Cover image of Terminal 3 at the Beijing Capital International Airport.