Tip Number One: We Take Music Appreciation to Extremes
Listen up Republicans, because apparently you didn't get the memo in 2008. The soundtrack to your political campaign is crucial. Surprisingly, you can get by with putting out stale material if you throw together some charming, heart-felt tunes. Don't think so? See the movie Garden State, a Gen Y favorite.
During 2008, Obama wisely capitalized on a poignant soundtrack. The song he utilized during his two acceptance speeches (at the DNC, and on election night) couldn't have been more perfect. First, the song is by a band with a massive following. Second, said band is perceived to be socially conscious without being divisive. Three, the song itself is vague yet uplifting. Check out Obama poetically gliding across stage while his supporters instantly recognize his supreme taste in music, breathe a sigh of relief, and convince themselves that this is indeed a magical moment.
We are the generation that produced Napster and subsequently became addicted to devices such as Pandora, iLike, LaLa, and iTunes. We follow music blogs, attend overpriced festivals, and invent sub-genres every other day. We take music waaay too seriously. You need to understand this Republicans. Because in 2008, clearly, you did not.
Oh and review your song choices carefully. You don't want another Springsteen debacle.