video title: James Israel - Wake Up (Drive Video)
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube June 22, 2012

more info: News & Review
duration 6:41 minutes

James Israel - Wake Up (drive video) "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on June 23, 2012

"Wake Up" is an incredible social commentary song. In fact, it's one of the best message songs to ever come from Sacramento. Its powerful lyrics do more than massage the intellect. The song has a mind-opening quality that puts it in a similar league to the Bob Dylan songs of the sixties that woke up a young generation about corruption and unfair policies. The strengh of "Wake Up" makes it a song that should be heard by everyone on the planet the same way "Blowin' In The Wind" is a song everyone should hear. Some songs have healing properties and an artistic innovation that can transform into a call to action. That's what this amazing song does.

The scenery in the video includes Downtown Sacramento, the Tower Bridge and Old Sacramento. Some of the Downtown scenes include the Counthouse and Public Library and a view of Downtown skyline on Highway 160 heading west. The Old Sac scenery includes the California Railroad Museum and renovation throughout the area. The song was written by James Israel, who now performs Downtown with his latest outfit, The James Israel Band. This recording was taken from the 1998 album Putting It Out There by his project then called Inside Out. Check out more indie artists at Playlist Research.

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