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Monday, October 24 2016 16:03

Video Debut: THE NOT-ITS! "Washington, D.C."

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What an Election year this has been. With unprecedented wackiness on all sides of the aisle, we can expect the chaos and controversy to continue well through Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. As I've already experienced here at Rock Father HQ, kids are asking questions, and whether Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or an unlikely-to-win third-party candidate will be getting your vote this season (I'm voting for Optimus Prime since I agree with his platform that "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"), there's an opportunity to use this season to teach kids how our system is supposed to work. At that center of that system is Washington, D.C. - a city that evokes some natural curiosity in kids... a place unlike any other in the United States, and today Seattle's THE NOT-ITS! are paying tribute with the release of their new music video. "Washington, D.C." is a song that's been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine in the past (get a free download here), and today it's back as one of my favorite bands in the "Kindie Scene" (and one with legit indie cred) goes on a big adventure...

THE NOT-IT'S! - "Washington, D.C." Lyrics

You've got all the monuments to see, there's no one like you Washington, D.C. -have you seen what I mean? Jefferson and Lincoln standing really tall and Martin Luther King they're hanging at the national mall-at the national mall.

The Smithsonian’s amazing and full of history, you gotta check it out in Washington, D.C. -do you see what I mean? Dinosaurs and fossils, ruby slippers too, I’ll sign the constitution and dream about landing on the moon -I’m gonna land on the moon.

I'll meet the president. I don't need an appointment. Hanging on the White House lawn with the Secret Service looking on. Talking foreign policy. Maybe we won't agree. Then we visit the C.I.A. I introduce myself but they already know my name…

D.C. Do you hear me? D.C. Are You Listening? D.C. Are you tuned in to me?

Find your representative, say what’s on your mind. You can let your voice be heard, but you never have to toe the party line. -yeah just hold up your sign. Stand up for your rights, gather with a scene, you wanna make a change, rearrange in Washington D.C. -now you see what I mean.

D.C. Do you hear me? D.C. Are You Listening? D.C. Are you tuned in to me?

"Washington, D.C." is available on THE NOT-ITS! sixth studio album, ARE YOU LISTENING?, available now. 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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