What the Presidential Election Can Teach You About Music

After all the drama, the United States is now just hours away from selecting its 45th President. Will the next POTUS be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? It’s anybody’s guess, but whatever the case, it’s not debatable that the presidential election process can be pretty interesting. In fact, there are many lessons that can be learnt if one is paying attention.

After all the drama, the United States is now just hours away from selecting its 45th President. Will the next POTUS be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

It’s anybody’s guess, but whatever the case, it’s not debatable that the presidential election process can be pretty interesting. In fact, there are many lessons that can be learnt if one is paying attention.

For musicians, there are quite a few examples. Like the fact that the presidential campaign is like a concert tour. Yes, the performers (in this case Clinton and Trump) go from city to city, get up on stage, and give passionate speeches (not very different from enthusiastic singing and dancing) through words that strike the perfect chord, along with right-on-time punchlines. President Obama, who is regarded as a highly charismatic speaker, was very good at this during his two successful campaigns.

Another lesson you can learn is that you have to seek inspiration from what already works in order to gain favor with the masses. Going back to the Obamas, many people raked Melania Trump over the coals for her plagiarism of Michelle Obama (she’s a pretty good entertainer…oops, speaker herself), whose speeches helped put Barack in the White House back in 2008. But it’s probably fair to say the fairer Trump was just doing what all good artists do, which is to take something successful from the past and retool it; unless, maybe, she forgot the retooling part?

You can also learn a thing or two from the debates. No, not the numerous instances of fact-checking and denying scandal after scandal (we won’t call any names), but about the act of pitching. In what has been described as one of the most bruising debate series, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump threw out rhetoric after rhetoric in an attempt to win over the majority with their sales pitches. Come Tuesday, we’ll know who was more effective. Pitching your music can be just as intriguing; you either win or lose, so never take it personally.

One more thing, always play other people’s music (even if Adele doesn’t like you playing hers). Playing popular music gives you an idea of what people want to hear and helps you craft better lyrics (and better speeches).

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