Charlottesville’s Brady Earnhart is one of the most talented songwriters and musicians that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. The last time that I found cause to mention that was three years ago this weekend, when Freyda Epstein died. His debut album, After You, will forever be one of my favorite albums. In fact, I listened to the whole thing just today.
Brady’s not in the habit of writing protest songs — he’s not even particularly political — but with this Marshall/Newman anti-marriage amendment, he’s clearly had enough. So he’s written and recorded an ironic protest song, “Thank God Virginia’s on Our Side,”
It’s a good song. I’ve probably listened to it a half dozen times today. But I have to wonder if it represents something larger, a bubbling-over of emotion, a political awakening for people who thought that in Virginia they wouldn’t have to worry about this sort of thing. People who live in liberal bubbles like Charlottesville or Northern Virginia tend to figure they’re immune from undesirable government interference, that there’s no need to keep up with the General Assembly, because it’s not like it would ever affect them.
I suspect we’ll find out come November 7.