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Local singer releases song about NFL player protests
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Local singer/songwriter John Stevens Jr. is at it again. His new song, “I’ll Find Better Things To Do,” is gaining a lot of attention on Facebook.
The song tackles the latest debate surrounding the National Football League with players kneeling during the National Anthem as a way to protest social injustices. After uploading the video Thursday, it has been viewed 75,000 times.
In the song, Stevens says the players have the right to protest, but he also believes there are better ways to voice their opinions. He is not particularly fond of the idea that they are choosing the anthem as a vehicle to protest. Stevens believes the players’ message is being lost in the divide the protests have caused.
“I support law enforcement and our troops,” Stevens said. “And, I realize there are some social issues we need to take care of. I just don’t think NFL players should be involving the flag to try to get things changed.”
His father was a veteran and his brother was a Marine. Stevens often thinks of others whose loved ones never returned to their homes while defending the freedom and the rights of the players to voice their opinions.
“I think we need to remember all those who fought for the freedom to protest, but in particular those who never returned home,” Stevens said. “I think seeing the protests during the anthem hurts and cuts deep through a lot of people.”
Stevens has received a lot of positive feedback from the video. He performed it Friday in Frankfort and at the American Legion in Zionsville on Saturday. He said more than 99 percent of all the comments he has received are from people who agree with the song’s message.
Stevens hopes the song will make both sides reconsider their opinions and taper down the rhetoric.
“I want people to stop shouting at each other and listen to each other,” Stevens said. “I don’t want people to argue around the flag, but rather it is something that we should all rally around.”
The song is on the singer’s Facebook page and can be found by searching John Stevens Jr. on YouTube.
Stevens’ first YouTube hit was “She Love Peyton More than Me.” It was a song about how his wife shows more affection toward NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. He said the song has started to recently receive more plays and he is attributing it to the fact that this is Peyton Manning Week in Indianapolis.