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War Within a Breath
 
1999 - Watercolors and Correction Fluid on Paper

What is it with me and song titles? Here is another Rage Against the Machine title attached to my artwork (the other being Voice of the Voiceless). I always kinda liked this one, and, yes, it does feel like a cousin to Voiceless, even they were made at different times of the year.

For those who don't know (and why not?), Rage Against the Machine was a band from the 1990s that fuzed rock and rap years before it became its own sub-genre. Back then, the only examples of rap-rock were joint ventures, like Run DMC with Aerosmith ("Walk This Way"), and Public Enemy with Anthrax ("Bring Da Noise"). Rage found its style in the fiercely political lyrics of Zack De La Rocha and the brilliantly innovative pseudo-turntable guitars of Tom Morello. He's the true child of Jimi's pyrotechnic guitar playing.

The band made only three studio albums, and one "garage days" album of covers, before splitting up due to tensions in the band. Each album was better than the last, with the third, "The Battle of Los Angelos," being the best. This really isn't music that you can dance to, but there is such a ferocity and passion that you can't help but notice. And that tension was just a molotov cocktail in your hands; fiery explosive in an age of timid, cowardly pop tarts desperate for their 15 minutes of fame.

Thank goodness we've matured beyond the level of high school kids, eh?

Oh, wait, my "American Idol" audition is coming up. Gotta go.