Summer is nearly over, November is just around the corner which means it’s nearly time for Grant Sharkey to release his next album. Album number 6 of 40 over 20 years, and I was honoured to have been invited to the live recording for this next masterpiece of his .. ‘Ignoramus’.
‘Ignoramus’ is a concept for a better world, – “A global nation of good people saving the world”. It’s everywhere, it has no country borders. The album outlines current world issues that have lead to Grant’s creation of Ignoramus, starting with population growth “everybody’s been a fucking”. This issue was raised from the second you stepped in the room with the stage area set up with a display of loo rolls representative of the number of bum holes in the world. In 1800 there was 1 billion people, this had doubled in 1927 and went upto to 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974, 5 by 1987, 6 billion in 1999 and all the way up to 7 billion by 2011. Though as it was explained on the night the problem is not overpopulation, we have the resources to support everyone it’s just the way we use them that’s not working. The extensive use of non-renewable energy, over farming and consumerism are some of the the things attributing to the issues we’re currently facing.
This lead on to a reprise of his previously written song about the man who made money and the power this created. We live in a world where money rules everything, 1% of the world’s population owns around 48% of the world’s wealth. We have been forced into a situation where we need money to get by, except to an extent we don’t (this I’ll go into later). Money in essence is worthless, it’s value is effectively decided on by a company, inflation and deflation can be controlled quite literally by printing more or less banknotes. It’s another form of corporate control, along with the media.
“The media is the most omnipotent being now” I agree with Grant on this. The track he’s written to portray this demon in control is I think his darkest yet. So dark infact a member of the audience had to leave part way through. (I won’t give away any more about the song, just buy the album when it comes out and have a listen, but remember I warned you in advance.) This hard look at the media is necessary for the message being given, I understood the point in case but for so many with wool still pulled over their eyes I believe this song may be the one to uncover it for them.
The album continues positively with reflection, solutions, and a feeling of unity. Grant really opens your eyes both with his music and with what he has to say between songs. We’re living in a world where it’s normal to get water in Africa and then ship it out to use so they have none, it’s normal to see / hear adverts everywhere, it’s normal to cover our grounds with concrete for roads and pathways etc. “It’s so simple and so possible to change things” so let’s make a change. If everyone got one solar panel and fitted it to their roofs, find ways of saving and renewing energy yourselves. One suggestion Grant made is if you live on a hill you could turn your waste water pipes into water turbines! “If you had a cold would you accept that or would you blow your nose and carry on? If you were about to be attacked by a shark would you just let it happen or would you try punching it in the nose?” You would do something about it, and through Ignoramus you can make a change. If you have a neighbour with a garden go talk to them, see if they can grow veg in exchange for some fruit out of your own, recycle, use renewable energy, and start saying no to the media.
The night ended with everyone taking it in turns to fill out Ignoramus registration forms. It was an interesting, educational and highly entertaining evening which left me feeling positive and enthusiastic about the prospect of a better future, a better world.
Remember “What starts with I and ends with US?” – Ignoramus.
You can pre-order you copy of Ignoramus by following this link: http://www.grantsharkey.com/blog/2015/10/ignoramus.html