Video Review by Jon Dunmore © 4 Nov 2006.
each frame of the video brimming with incitant ideas, Mauro's About
Love is a jugular-slicing indictment not just against the Bush
administration, but against every government that would claim democratic
rule and then vilify the citizens it works for as immoral and disloyal
whenever they question the government's proclaimed omniscience.
True American (son of North and South American Natives), Mauro
is a real life warrior, regularly spilling his blood for the Freedom
he rallies for (as an artist and Native-born citizen), and I am
prouder than hell to have shared stages with him. This piece might
have simply ended up as just another song with a good hook (the
four chords repeat ad infinitum, subconsciously overbearing)
or a sheaf of Nixon-era imagery forged by Haight-Asbury junkies,
but in juxtaposing the simple lyrical statements with shots of
the Constitution burning, a blond in a flag bikini, the Statue
of Liberty lighting a joint, a crucifixion of Liberty, the White
House afire (all allegorical images which may seem tame when placed
alongside the reality of the current administration's skyscraping
vault of duplicity), the message resounds with a nerve-slashing
irony of this piece is that it utters not a single negative remark
(except in a backhanded manner: "We love our filthy industry
/ We love the way we rape a tree"). Most lyrics are straightforward
to the point of obviousness: "Love to be a citizen / Love
the flag of the land we're in / We love congress / We love our
" yet delivered in a manner that conjures
the most foreboding of gruesome bedtime stories occluded by the
patina of innocence.
long before Baby Bush came to power, the song waxes prophetic:
"We love our arms / We arm the world with love," and
seems a snug fit with W's murdering, terrorist cabinet.
exhort Mauro to keep doing that voodoo that he do so well, as
he joins the synergy of truth that is even now overwhelming the
liars and prostitutes peopling the White House. In the words of
that felon who ran America from 2000 to 2008: "Stay the course!"