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This is pretty much a Shameless Self-Promotion diary. Treat it as you wish.

Okay. Monday morning. No more morbid moping on mortality (well, so far; it's early yet, eh?).

No, this is about re-puposing. Starting with this ad from last season, with the partisan tag line replaced:

(Direct link to vid here).

And this one:

(Direct link)

Although there's a personal, greedy motivation for the edits (I'm trying to shake loose some of that yummy Macarthur grant dough from the Looking at Democracy competition, something every interested kossack with a video itch should jump into), there's a slightly more altruistic reason as well:

The only way we're going to hold the Senate and possibly pick up House seats next year is if we treat the midterm election like we do a presidential contest, reaching out to casual voters, rounding up the strays.

Striking a slightly less partisan note is one way we might pump up the turnout in an off-year, an effort attempted with 2013's first ad, "Exciting."

(Direct link)


Non-political production has also involved a lot of re-purposing as well. Aside from a paid production job, I've been getting a lot of old material remastered and up for sale online, as well as (finally) finishing up a "new" record.

"New" in quotes because most of the songs have been out on video, in one form or another, for some time, though many of the mixes are vastly improved from their YouTube versions.

Another gumbo pot of songs from different styles and genres, this one has few (overtly) political messages other than "The Legend of the Tea Party Patriots," though songs like "Black Friday" and "My Town" provide a window into our sadly under-Occupied world

Although most of the cuts have made their way to YouTube, I've saved out two of the better ones, "Lonely Smoker" and "My Secret Life in Rio," mostly because they'd be pretty tough to film, but also because, well, it'd be nice to actually sell a download once.

The record can be found here. I do hope you'll give a listen, maybe plunk down a buck to own one or two cuts, for which I'd be eternally grateful, "eternally" measured in Internet years.

Thanks for your indulgence, and feel free to plug your own work in the comments.

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