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5 Music-Themed Petitions For the White House

We now know definitively that the United States government will not be building a Death Star, at least not under the Obama administration. We know this because enough citizens signed an online petition on the subject that the administration had to respond.

Like all good things on the Internet, We The People -- the official title of the online petitioning program -- has become a playground for smartasses and trolls. While there are plenty of "legitimate" petitions out there, there are gobs of silly ones.

Unfortunately, Music fans have yet to jump on the silly-petition bandwagon. You would think by now some jokester would have started a petition to bestow citizenship on Justin Beiber or ban Nickleback from coming across the border.

If it's a lack of ideas, well, you're in luck. I've got some suggestions. Let's you, me and 24,998 of our closest friends get together and change the world... or at least make some mid-level government paper-pusher waste 20 minutes responding to us.

5. Call for the Creation of the United States Songwriter Laureate Being the United States Poet Laureate is a pretty sweet gig. That person gets paid $35,000 a year to talk to people about how cool poetry is. I assume this is needed because by and large poetry isn't exactly in fashion and therefore needs all the help it can get.

While songwriting as an art doesn't need help in awareness it could use some help in quality. Have you listened to the lyrics of your average EDM song? Bad times. Let's get some quality songwriters in to the nation's classrooms and show the kids that words are important.

And really, isn't it time we gave Springsteen the official government position he deserves?

4. A Call to Bring an End to the Loudness War It's hard to summarize the Loudness War. Usually it involves charts and graphs and fancy terms like "compression" and "dynamic range." The end result is that you're supposed to realize that a) the music that we purchase is getting louder and b) this isn't a good thing.

As Commander in Chief, it seems well within the president's ability to go to the major labels and find out why they've declared war on our ears and hopefully negotiate a cease fire. Imagine a world where instead of using volume to stand out artists had to write good, interesting music instead. That's change I think we can all believe in.

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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