Wizard of Changes -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2015 (cdozo) wrote,
Wizard of Changes -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2015

Of Thee I Sing

I tend to process events through songs. This election has brought up two songs, one ominously prophetic and one reassuringly resigned, and I think both visions are true. For a lot of people, life under Trump is going to get worse. The system is going to slip away from supporting diversity and increasing protections for people who need protection, and that is truly terrible. Odds are that innocent people will die as a direct result. But I also believe that my country will endure, and, over time, get back on track to increasing protections for people who need them and increasing freedom wherever possible. It's a slow meandering course and sometimes it goes backward. But overall, if Trump doesn't blow us all up, more changes will be made for the good than for the bad -- probably not while Trump is president, but in the next 100 years. So, I worry and am sad for the immediate future, but I am calm and have faith in the far future. The two songs below have been playing in my head as my brain considers our near and our far futures.

The first song, Handlebars, by Flobots, is frighteningly prescient. George was in middle school when it first came out in 2008. He played it for me and it unnerved me back then. Now it unnerves me even more. The video is worth watching. Here's part of the lyrics:

I know how to run a business
And I can make you wanna buy a product
Movers shakers and producers
Me and my friends understand the future
I see the strings that control the system
I can do anything with no assistance 'cause
I can lead a nation with a microphone
With a microphone
With a microphone...

The other song is American Tune by Paul Simon. This is my go-to song when I'm upset with my country. I have so much love for, and faith in, America that it's overwhelming. We have so much potential. But there are a lot of different people here and they want many different things. As a result, I know, and accept, that things won't always go my way. But it still frustrates me when people don't see how horribly wrong they are. It makes me sad when all I can do is hunker down and wait it out, but that's part of living in a democracy. So I will hunker and I will wait, because my country is worth it. Here's part of the lyrics:

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
we're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

Tags: music, politics, video

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