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Welcome to the brand-new Lowering the Boom!

If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.

Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.

Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.

— Becca Lower

Recent News

Why It’s Important to Be Prepared for RightOnline

Right Online is the first week of May this year, and it’s again back in Washington, D.C. You’ve probably heard about some of the panels and their panelists.

It’s not a conference I’ve had a chance to attend, but a friend of mine would like to attend it this time. Jason Dibler co-hosts Susie Moore’s “Q with a View” on FTR Radio, and is looking to develop a radio project known as The Roaring Void about just folks and their stories.

The brand-new GoFundMe page for both the RoL trip and the potential show reads like this:

TRV is all about real life and real American culture. That’s a lot of stuff. And it’s (mostly) not politics.

Jason could use your help to make sure he’s prepared to take full advantage of everything Right Online has to offer. Check his pitch out, and pitch in whatever you can! Prayers count as help, too.

Don’t leave Jason hanging, like the guy in the video.

Why I love Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet and frequent classic covers partner, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. Image via NBC.

Matthew Sweet and frequent classic covers partner, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. Image via NBC.

Along with the Smiths, one of the musical artists who helped me survive my teenage years was Matthew Sweet. I don’t what most drew me in: the fact that he didn’t seem to care about being trendy or even popular, or that he had someone like Lloyd Cole playing backing guitar on his records.

Over time, it was the lyrics he wrote that turned Sweet into a kind of musical cousin. It was an odd sensation, as a teen, to not see a male musician as a sex symbol like Duran Duran or Wham! (I’ve always seen R.E.M. the same way as Sweet.) Matthew Sweet’s music was to be taken seriously and examined from different angles over years’ time, like the pieces in a private art collection. I think that’s what indelibly sets his music apart for me.

I happened to read this interview with Sweet, from 2013. It struck me that he and his wife are avid collectors of the “Big Eyes” paintings, and consulted on the movie of the same name, starring Amy Adams. (*I’ve excerpted his full explanation of his involvement with the movie below.) Coincidentally, Sweet played on Lloyd Cole’s new album, ‘Standards’, which was released in 2013.

In the interview with DC Metro Theatre Arts, one of many he likely did over the phone as he toured the country that year, Sweet continued to explode the idea of what is expected of a musician and an artist. And he does it just like he writes a song. With deep emotion.

He was asked a few typical questions. His answers on:

What he loves about writing songs.

“I love having human feelings, certain feelings with strong emotions. I need to be alone when I write. I write about feelings about being alive. It’s hard to describe my writing.”

Advice he would give young musicians:

“Do it because you love music and not for fame. It is very hard to make music a career and everyone is a human being with feelings and a career in music can wear you down. You should want to have a music career because all you want to do is music. It can be a Garden of Eden.”

Then Sweet was asked what the nicest thing a fan ever did for him was:

“That’s hard to answer too. The nicest thing a fan can do is care about my music and the nice things they say about it. I’m awkward on praise. I’m divorced from the praise and focus on the enjoyment I get from playing and the audience gets from my playing.”

What can you say to that, you know?


*via DC Metro Theatre Arts:

My wife and I collected art from 1960s, mainly by Margaret Keane, which is known as the “Big Eye” paintings. At the time we started to collect them they were so weird.

Margaret Keane worked alongside her husband Walter, but Margaret did all the work.  Walter, the husband didn’t paint, but claimed he was more famous. His wife breaks free, divorces him, and takes him to court for her rights. She wins.

We’ve worked with screenwriters and movie director Tim Burton on a movie about these paintings, starring Amy Adams. We’ve been involved as consultants the last couple of months in Toronto. It’s a fantastical story. It is a low budget movie, funded by the Weinsteins. I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood movie.

Enjoy a part of this “Best-of” album, Time Capsule. The first song is my favorite from Sweet.

A Troubling Vignette About Ted Cruz

On a piece at Ricochet about Ted Cruz’s new presidential campaign and his chances in 2016, a commenter named Del Mar Dave appended this brief, but troubling, vignette. I wonder if this took place during CPAC.

After having met Cruz in a small gathering several weeks ago, I agree that he isn’t likely to win – either the nomination or the Presidency.

In that meeting, he failed to give good eye contact with the dozen people there. And when asked penetrating questions, he replied with answers to the questions he preferred to be asked.

In addition, he has no executive experience, something we need to bring back to the office of the President, along with a philosophical change. The last thing we want is a right-thinking Prez who fumbles as badly as BHO has.

No question Cruz is bright, articulate and well educated. And I like his sharp elbows, but he’s not our guy for President.

I, too, question Cruz’s appeal – after seeing him at CPAC this year. Since I can count the number of political conferences I’ve attended on one hand, it was the first chance I had to see the Texas Senator speak in person.

There were three problems with the speech: nothing in it was memorable, he appeared to need three opening lines before striking on the one the crowd would respond to and I didn’t come away from it thinking, “I need to tell people that Ted Cruz is set to run for president.” That just wasn’t the vibe. There was no clamor for that. It made me think: if he’s not appealing to me, then who is he appealing to?

This vignette from Ricochet contrasts with what Texas conservatives told me to explain Cruz’s winning his current seat. Cruz was given no chance at all, as you might remember. I wanted to know how he did it. I was told that he criss-crossed the state, meeting with Tea party groups and rallying their support in intimate gatherings.

One might ask: Why is this man telling a different story? What’s changed?

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