One of the advantages of writing a blog instead of an e-zine is that not all the posts need to be germane. With that apology, let me discuss a song I heard while I was in Australia, Sing by the Dresden Dolls, from their album "Yes, Virginia." Some of the lyrics startled me... and when I considered why they had startled me, I began to realize how sclerotic some of my ways of thinking had become. Here's an excerpt:
All the world's history gradually dying of shock
There is thing that's like talking except you don't talk:
Sing for the bartender, sing for the janitor, sing
Sing for the cameras, sing for the animals, sing
Sing for the children shooting the children, sing
Sing for the teachers who told you that you couldn't sing
There is thing keeping everyone's lungs and lips locked
It is called fear and it's seeing a great renaissance...
Sing cause it's obvious, sing for the astronauts, sing
Sing for the President, sing for the terrorists, sing
Sing for the soccer team, sing for the Janjaweed, sing
Sing for the kid with the phone who refuses to sing
Life is no cabaret...
Naturally, it was the line about the terrorists that got to me. I thought the lyrics were pretty daring for 2006. They made me think about hate, fear, and forgiveness. And anyhow, the tune was pretty catchy. I share it as food for thought.