A few nights ago I saw a commercial for a video game called "Tom Clancy's Conviction." The ad depicted a father, automatic rifle in tow, walking through an abandoned town Wild, Wild West-style. Here’s the juicy part: the theme music in the ad was the spiritual “Run on for a Long Time.”
The text to the spiritual has double meaning as many of them do, but in the context of this ad that musical tradition is denigrated. My concern is that young people will associate the spiritual with the violence depicted in the video instead of with the rich tradition of the American Spiritual and those Americans who sang the music as a means of survival.
I’d like to hear your thoughts and please list other examples of great music being misappropriated.