Guitar virtuoso Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has worn lots of musical hats over his 20-year career, including his role as lead guitarist in Guns N’ Roses, but his solo career has been where he’s been able to best show off his singer-songwriter skills. Thal is poised to release his 10th album, Little Brother is Watching, on February 24; and Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the title track from the set.
The artist himself had this to say about the song’s inspiration: “Orwell’s 1984 told of a futuristic Totalitarian state with a constant eye watching over the masses: ‘Big Brother Is Watching You.’ From those pages to our reality, we live the unwritten sequel, where we have access to technology allowing us to do the watching,” he explains. “We the people, ‘little Brother,’ are the surveillance of the government, the police, each other, and ourselves.
"Everyone is captured and displayed at their best and worst for all to see. And we’re forced to confront and react to who we are," he continues. "Either we can revel in our humanity and show each other our beautiful imperfections, or we can strive to be perfect and try to hide our ‘flaws’.
"This song touches on those pressures. We judge each other, and ourselves, both based on who we are. But remember, you are not defined by other people’s perception. You can learn from it, but don’t be enslaved by it."
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