How serious is Mayor R.T. Rybak about making Atmosphere's 'Say Shh' the official Minneapolis tune?

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Apparently, he's kind of serious? Maybe?  Well, serious enough to respond to a tweet from Minneapolitan Tyler Page, who originally threw the idea onto the table. 

hey @MayorRTRybak maybe we should proclaim Atmosphere's "Say Shh" as the official song of Minneapolis? http://t.co/camwExlless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


just reread. Nice idea,Tayler("@tylerpage:proclaim Atmosphere's "Say Shh" as the official song of Minneapolis? http://t.co/v9oOqrG")less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


"Say Shh," one of the bonus tracks off of Atmosphere's 2003 release Seven's Travels, waxes loyal about Minneapolis, Minnesota and the midwest in general, with Slug arguing up the many attributes of his city, explaining why he prefers it to the coasts and softly calling out those who call the midwest a flyover zone.  The chorus more or less sums up the song's general sentiment:

If the people laugh and giggle when you tell them where you live, say shh, say shh...
And if you know this is where you wanna raise your kids say shh, say shh...
If you're from the midwest and it doesn't matter where say shh, say shh...
If you can drink tap water and breath the air say shh, say shh...

Really, the city could do much worse as far as anthems go: the Atmosphere track is practically void of profanity or even negativity and has a languid relaxed beat and playful feel that's easy to get behind.  If this idea becomes real, there's probably a lengthy list of other contenders, and the options should be weighed, but "Say Shh" is a great place to start the conversation. As of now, we're awaiting official word from the Mayor's office as to what the chances are of "Say Shh," or any song for that matter, becoming the official Minneapolis tune. We'll update with details as they come in. 

Until then, here's the song's video from Rhymesayers: 



UPDATE: We just heard from Mayor Rybak about the song; he personally responded to a note we sent him on Facebook.

"I don't know if it would be the official song or not but I like it and want to do a lot to promote local music and the local music scene," Rybak wrote. "BTW, Tapes and Tapes was great at the fair yesterday."


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2 comments
TeaBea
TeaBea

"Breathe." It's "breathe the air," not "breath the air," which makes no sense whatsoever.

I love this song and would have been happy to comment on that instead, but I've read three City Pages articles in a row now and they've put me straight into a grammar rage. Get a copy editor. Seriously. 

jrc
jrc

maybe the mayor should focus his attention away from courting the hipster vote and deal with more pressing city matters.

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