Common Ground I call this my 21st century protest song. It’s simply an appeal for political compromise. There’s a need for citizens who see merits on both sides of the political argument to become more engaged in finding common ground. I used the 50th commemoration of the Kent State tragedy to show that we’ve been bitterly divided before but every once in a while, we come together to get things done. Maybe we can do it again. I wanted a fiddle to play the theme for this song and it wound up interplaying nicely with the biting sound of the Fender Strat. Common Ground was recorded in Dayton and features John Lardinois on violin and Allen Seals (Southbound) on lead guitar.