This composition is a tribute to revolutionary social transformation.
Reformism, which works within the system to change its outward
appearance but does not attempt to radically alter its basic structure
is, at its root, complicit with the system; it does not work against
its basic structure and rarely questions it. Capitalism, which is
based on private ownership of the productive forces in society,
prioritizes production for individual profit over production for
collective human need. Trying to create change within this sort of
system is like trying to create change within a slave based economy
(Ancient Greece and Rome); it only leads to prolonging and supporting
the basic problem, which in the case of Capitalism, is the private
ownership of the productive forces of society and production for
profit. The only way to end private production for private profit,
and wage-slavery at its base, is through revolution. By
transformation, I mean the historical movement, through an organized
working class revolution, from Capitalism (and the exploitation of
workers through wage-slavery) to true Socialism (where the global
working class equally controls all of the global productive forces of
society and wields them in their best interest).
The piece is fairly simple. I wrote the chord progression first using
mostly triads over bass notes (ala Mick Goodrick) and then wrote a
melody by ear over the chords. The track features Mark Ferber on
drums, David J. Carpenter on acoustic bass guitar, Joel Peloquin on
guitar and Matt Otto on tenor sax.