But I Voted for Shirley Chisholm
for 11 instruments and fixed electronicsflute, clarinet, trumpet, tenor trombone, piano, electric bass, drums, 2 violins, viola, cello and electronics (2012)
|Commission||Commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic|
|Premiere||October 25, 2012; World Financial Center, New York, NY; Brooklyn Philharmonic • Alan Pierson, conductor|
Shirley Chisholm, congresswoman from Bed-Stuy, was in 1972 the first African-American to run for President on a major party ticket.
Biz Markie, in lyrics from his 1988 song Nobody beats the biz: "Make you co-operate with the rhythm / that is what I give 'em / Reagan is the Prez' but I voted for Shirley Chisholm."
Since then, various hip-hop artists have called this lyric back in their own work; Redman+Method Man in 1999 ("Clinton is the president, I still voted for Shirley Chisholm") and LL Cool J in 2006 ("George Bush is the Prez, but I voted for Shirley Chisholm") among them.
This overture for the Brooklyn Phil, written for the opening of what may have been their final season, uses cut up samples from Biz Markie's original track.