Constructive Disruption: On Derek Webb’s Mind Ctrl Part One

On his 2009 album, Stockholm Syndrome, in a song titled “Freddie Please,” singer-songwriter Derek Webb addresses the head of a certain Kansan family known for hoisting hateful signs aloft and picketing the funerals of soldiers.

Over a disposable bed of music that sounds like an electronic retread of the Penguins’ “Earth-Angel,” Webb pleads from the perspective of the risen Christ with Freddie, who is picketing the empty tomb.

When I interviewed Webb in Leawood, Kansas on October 20 prior to his performance in support of his new album, Ctrl, I felt I had a geographic obligation to ask him if anyone from Freddie’s family had contacted him about the song. Freddie lives in Topeka, after all—a scant seventy miles west of the concert venue.

“(Freddie’s) granddaughter reached out to me on Twitter,” Webb explained. “She thought the song was great.” The communication remained courteous, and culminated in Webb inviting the family to protest at one of his shows. [Read more...]


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