Good Morning Internet,
I know…it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about what’s going on. You can give me a virtual lashing across the hands with your digital ruler as punishment. But, here I am…rocking like a hurricane.
Before I talk about LiO stuff let me get political on your ass for a moment. Last night congress passed significant healthcare legislation to stop insurance abuse and provide affordable healthcare for 30 million Americans. This morning on Facebook I’ve seen many negative comments from people I know regarding this and I’d like to share my thoughts.
Most musicians do not have health insurance. In LiO none of us do. We gamble with the odds and pray that nothing happens to us. Will this legislation change things for us? I’m not sure. It remains to be seen what “affordable insurance” really means. While 50% of people in this country are afraid of the legislation that passed and think that it is too much change, I believe it is not enough. I was hoping that the public would finally come around to a public option to bring insurance prices down. I think it’s sickening that healthcare is privatized and insurance companies try to capitalize on people’s illnesses. We need to move from a society that focuses on the individual to a community where we take care of each other and look out for the common good of our neighbors and friends. Perhaps you may think I’m naive, but I guess this is the Swedish part of me speaking.
This healthcare legislation is a step in the right direction, but there is still a significant way to go to bring the US healthcare system up to par with that of other developed countries. Half the US may be scared of the changes right now, but in time I think that most people will come to embrace the changes and even like them.
On to LiO news. So we’ve been demoing our brains out the past two weeks. We have a list of about 11 songs or so that we’re considering recording in Toronto. We’ve weeded out some of the songs and narrowed it down to 7-8 songs. We have one more song to write and many small arrangement fixes and tweaks. I hope that we’ll be finished with demoing in 2 weeks and then we can just rehearse before recording.