Artist and native New Yorker Matt Dobkin is not going to take it anymore. A veteran musician, journalist, author, editor and Metropolitan Opera marketing executive, Dobkin pulls his talents from his diverse background to create his fourth studio album, entitled Six Songs of Protest. Like many Americans who were shocked by the 2016 Presidential election results, Dobkin felt compelled to take action. He decided to channel his emotions and thoughts on today’s political landscape into six songs about organizing to effect change, with an emphasis on a number of issues that remain relevant from past decades into the present. The album addresses White House corruption, police brutality, environmental issues, and gay cruising, and also features a Phil Ochs cover about hope.
Dobkin joins a number of engaged American artists across various disciplines who are using music, literature, visual arts and other forms as a means to channel and express their frustration with the current state of political affairs. As he says in the lead-off track, “Organize”: Calling on the people / take to the streets / raise voices loud / drown out the Tweets.
In time for International Women’s History Month, Matt Dobkin plans to release his new body of work, Six Songs of Protest, on March 22, 2019.