Cryptocurrency inspires all segments of society, from Wall Street bankers to American country singers.
Country singer John Barrett now offers up his own inspiration in his “Ode to Satoshi.” Barrett hails Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin as someone who “came to save the day.” He dedicates the song to famous country singer Pete Seeger and bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos. Barrett croons about the inevitability of the currency: “I know you’re going to reign…til everybody knows…your name.” He purrs about the political implications of bitcoin and how it will “deliver us from age old tyranny.”
Climb aboard you all, this train is bound for glory, and there’s plenty of room for all… He gave us all a protocol this world has never seen… Them good old boys back in Illinois on down through Tennessee, see they don’t care to be a millionaire, they just wanted to be free!
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Barrett’s ballad is one of several songs inspired by bitcoin says Kabir Sehgal, a former vice president at J.P. Morgan and is a Grammy-winning producer and author of “Coined: The Rich Life of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us,” according to MarketWatch.
To these artists, bitcoin isn’t just a currency. It represents something larger — a decentralized monetary system, which will free people from the unhealthy alliance between the government and banks, and usher in an age of liberty.
Sehgal offers other examples of “bitcrooners” who capture the spirit of cryptocurrency innovation and educate people about cryptocurrency.
“Bitcoin Girl,” by Naomi Brockwell. Brockwell notes that only 8 percent of people thoroughly understand bitcoin. So she created an educational music video fashioned on Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”
“Welcome to the Blockchain,” by Toby + Decap. This rap song declares the central problem with money: “Power corrupts and money is power.” It laments that inflation is a tax that robs money of its value. The song decries the contours of fractional reserve banking: “Our money is debt /gotta pay it back more than a hundred percent.”
“Love You Like Bitcoin” by Kryptina. Set to Selena Gomez’s “Love you like a song,” “Love You Like Bitcoin” lists the alluring attributes of bitcoin: “It’s mathematical/no more double spends/it’s encryptable.”