It was sad to hear of the passing of Michael Been, leader of The Call. The Call provided a wonderful soundtrack for deep thinkers in the 80’s. He was political and soul-searching in his expressive lyrics. His bass lines however kept you moving and grooving. The Call had a small following and for those of us in the know, they fit in so well with U2, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Cockburn and Robbie Robertson. Great music with a message.
When I first heard that he died, on August 19th at the age of 60, I thought of when I was DJ-ing in Seattle and it was my job to put together the soundtrack for the 4th of July fireworks. The city would blow off the fireworks and I would sit in my windowed studio six floors above the city at my radio station broadcasting an awesome soundtrack for whomever brought a radio with them. Being the passionate musicologist that I am, I felt it was my duty to find those introspective songs about America. What is America really? The lyrics in Become America, written by Michael Been, was exactly what I was looking for. Michael and I both love our country but it seems to me that we believe that our country could be so much more. It is unfortunate that Michael Been did not live longer to see how much more is possible.