“I wrote and recorded “Saving Up To Go Bankrupt” earlier this year (2011.) It speaks to the lack of opportunity today in America, it’s a call to action. Almost everyone I know is struggling to make ends meet and this has been going on for many years now. At the same time we read about billionaires buying elections, movie stars making $20 million a picture, athletes earning $25 million a year while teachers and many others take pay cuts and many folks get laid off. The United States has become one giant casino, it’s feast or famine. In fact, playing the lottery is the only chance at “The Dream” for so many who wake up to realize that they may
never be able to afford buying a house or to be able to put their children through college. To have or have not? That is the question, but really, it’s not a choice.”
“I chose this song because when I heard about this album being put together, I had already filmed a video(for “Saving Up” ) at Zuccotti park, the second week of the protest (it’s posted on You Tube.) So when I was approached by “Music for Occupy” it seemed like a logical choice.”
“My feeling about the movement is that it’s about time, and this is only the beginning. 99% of the American public won’t take it anymore. For far too long average Americans have been cheated. Over the past 30 years the inequality in the US has reached third world levels; wages for working class Americans have been stagnant while the rich receive record salaries, profits and bonuses. Funds for public education have been cut while tuitions for colleges have skyrocketed. Who does this hurt the most? The Occupy protestors appear to be the true patriots not the tea baggers. Our democracy has become corrupted, and our public servants are compromised.
We have millions of unemployed and poor Americans, we cannot accept these circumstances nor trust the people in power to improve on these serious problems anymore. Should a country that prides its self on “freedom” have more prisoners than anyplace else? If corporations have the rights now of “people” than real people have no rights at all. Musicians are people too and we have the right to be heard, especially in an extreme corporate society that shuns topical songs in spite of the fact that we have been living through the longest American wars and the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. Why is it that songs about our current plight have been ignored and unheard? The market place can’t dictate everything, it can’t dictate to our heart and soul because that is where this 99 percent movement comes from. Not everyone wants to be a winner on American Idol, most of us only want to make a decent living and raise our families with as few financial worries possible, is that too much to ask for?”
Mike Rimbaud is an American singer-songwriter and painter who lives in New York City. He has released 8 album’s, the first, “Mutiny in the Subway” was recorded in a minimalist style with guitar, bass and percussion. His
latest is “Coney Island Wave” 12 original compositions recorded in Manhattan in 2011. He started his career by performing in the bars and rock clubs in New York, but it was with record labels in Paris that he released his first 3 CD’s.
Mike has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Gene Vincent among others, but his songwriting style and voice have always been unique. Although his career has remained in the underground, he continues to be a prolific songwriter sometimes commenting on current events with his songs such as; “Stimulus Baby”, “Katrina Comes Again”, “7-11 on September 11th,” “Greedy Greedy Baby”and “Mother Nature’s Nervous Breakdown.” He also speaks about New York life, “King of Staten Island,” and relationships, “You Make Love Like War,” “Girlfriend Lost and Found.” As a performer, he has toured Europe and the US with his band as well as a solo artist. Mike Rimbaud is also a painter who regularly exhibits his artwork. His subject mater includes subway scenes, cityscapes, dinosaurs, portraits of revolutionaries, burlesque and belly dancers.