Producer Noman Lear (All in the Family, has put together a “We are the World” type video to promote his activist causes. The song, “Born Again American” is an initiative of Declare Yourself, “a national non-partisan, organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement.”

Lear has asked David Hernandez from Season 7, along with others, including Keith Carradine, and, uhm, a bunch of people I’ve never heard of to sing on the record.

Here’s what David had to say about his involvement, from his My Space:

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David will be performing the song, along with 4 other musicians in the video at the Inauguration Kickoff Celebration in Washington DC, hosteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹d by Jessica Alba.

The video will be released on iTunes later this week and will air for the first time nationally on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS stations, this Friday.

Check it out after the jump. David’s segment is near the end. Warning: The song is long, and boring, even for a “message” song.

  • SallyinIllinois

    Okay, well and fine…but is he getting paid?

  • Autumn

    On the one hand you have this statement

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“a national non-partisan, organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    And on the other there is this one

    Obamaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹s campaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹ign is behinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹d the projeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹ct and I know it will inspià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹re so many peoplà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹e as the inaugà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹uratià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹on approà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹achesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ¹

    Hmmm……I wonder which it really is………….

  • pj

    I don’t think it has to be one or the other… those two statements don’t seem mutually exclusive to me.

    At any rate, it’s good that David is getting his name out there.

    ETA: And no way in hell am I gonna listen to a long, boring message song. LOL.

  • Duke

    lol, why is that picture representing this thread?

  • mj

    lol, why is that picture representing this thread?

    Because it amuses me? LOL

  • hypertwink

    Take off the shirt, it’s totally like a Genre photospread.

  • sunchick

    You know, I seriously disliked Hernandez’s performances on AI and found him to be a bit too Celine does Vegas. But then he totally won me over on the finale with one little line in the George Michael medly.

    Warm and *looks into camera with sly grin*…nekked…

    I love a little bit of self directed snark. That was so FTW. And then he does this. O…..kay. You lost me again dude. How did I manage to watch the whole thing? My favorite part was when some dude walking his dog went through the frame in the background. :laugh_tb:

  • weareallinnocent

    LOL sunchick, you get me every. single. time. :lol_tb:

  • movin2thabeet

    Well, snark will only take you so far, IMHO. Inspiration, in my book, is a very good thing and this video had loads of it. Individuals that represent the breadth of the American experience bridging across our divides through music and the miracle of technology. I thought the video was very well done and quite moving. Thank you for posting it here.

  • ShariG

    This is a nice opportunity for David Hernandez. I liked him. I was sorry he got voted off so soon. I really thought he was better than Ramielle or Amanda, but in the long run would not have made it to the top 10 anyway. I hope this helps his career. I think he is talented. Did you see that Ace Young is going to be on Bones? That’s kind of cool.

  • ShariG

    Oh, maybe that is old news. I am watching a videotape of a May episode, top 4. LOL

  • hardkandy

    Did you see that Ace Young is going to be on Bones? Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s kind of cool.

    He’s going to be there again? Didn’t he already guest there before? Or maybe it’s a rerun.

    That picture is… very amusing indeed, LOL. I’ve been scrolling down as fast as I can every time I visit the frontpage coz for some reasons I’d be embarrassed if my officemates saw me looking at it. It’s just so… personals, online dating profile pic-ish.

  • SpenserJ

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be there again? Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t he already guest there before? Or maybe ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a rerun.

    I don’t believe he could come back, because well, things didn’t really work out for Ace on that episode LOL. That said, Bones is my favorite show and Ace did a pretty good job actually. So, if it does rerun at some point, those who missed it might want to check it out.

    And MJ, that picture totally amuses me as well.

  • Suzanne

    Well, I watched it. All 6 minutes of it. You know, I loved seeing the people from around the country, and most people seem pretty talented, but otherwise I really don’t even get the message of the song. And it is SO long. It should be 3.5 minutes . . . and more interesting/clearer in direction/entertaining. Honestly don’t really get what the director wanted the audience to be feeling at the end.


    I liked David too. If the gay thing hadn’t surfaced I think he would have made top 10. Who knows how much of it was true as it was all hearsay. Nice ex-boss spreading dirt. Anyway I hope he has some luck. I heard somewhere (maybe even here) that he had backing for an album. “Papa was a rolling stone” was the best of performances IMO.

  • Niall

    Aww MJ, you should have posted a shirtless pick of DH. Nothing says patriotism like six pack abs.
    Topic? The song is long and boring. They must have used the same writers who do most of the AI coronation songs.

  • gingerly

    I didn’t like David Hernandez. His only performance that I enjoyed was PWARS. I wasn’t heartbroken in the least when he left, and that has absolutely nothing to do with the stripper thing. I just didn’t like his performance style. It was really Cheesy McCheese for me. I’m happy for him that he got this gig.

  • Autumn

    I forgot to come back and check this thread!

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it has to be one or the otherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ those two statements donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem mutually exclusive to me.

    Well the definition of ‘nonpartisan’ is :

    Based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of no single political party: a nonpartisan commission; nonpartisan opinions.

    So IMO, to say it is a ‘nonpartisan’ organization and then to say it is backed by Obama’s campaign just doesn’t jive as ‘nonpartisan’ to me but what do I know………