I don’t normally repost, but I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot lately: in order for a community to really bind together, they need a dream, a vision of what it would be like to realize that dream, and a mission to take them there. On Martin Luther King Day, it’s important we remember … Continue reading We Have A Dream
It’s a march really. Not a military parade type of march or the kind you hear on a carnival ride, but a steadily paced “we the peasants will now storm your palace” march. From their song “Grounds,” Do you hear that thunder?That's the sound of strength in numbersI am IUnify IDLES are back. There’s a … Continue reading Sunday Music: Do You Hear That Thunder? That’s The Sound Of Strength In Numbers (IDLES)
When I first heard Sublime’s “April 29,1992” in the mid-90s I thought it was just some punk/anarchist stuff. These last few weeks it’s been one of the songs I’ve revisited several times. It’s not just about looting and rebelling, it’s about inequity. It’s about the dark side of our consumer culture, where when the things … Continue reading Sunday Music: April 29, 1992, There Was A Riot On The Streets Tell Me Where Were You?
Perspective matters. Seeking not just views that differ from our own, but also diverse life experiences that have greater nuances to their view than our own, it matters. I’m sharing three today, all that expanded my understanding of connecting what is going on in America this past week to our collective history. I know I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Importance Of The Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd’s Death
NPR Music is running a series on anthems. One of the first examples they used was the counter-protesters in Charlottesville singing, “This Little Light of Mine.” If you don’t recall the scene, armed guards stood at the ready while a group of Pentecostal clergymen led the crowd in song as white supremacists marched in protest … Continue reading What’s in an Anthem?
Independent breaks down into two parts: “in” and “dependent.” The prefix “in” means “not” in this case, and “dependent” means “contingent on, or determined by.” It’s a powerful word - it can be used to make a powerful statement. So on Independence Day, besides America's birthday, proudly celebrate whatever you are not to be determined … Continue reading In-dependent (What’s in a Word?)
With Weinstein turning himself in, remind yourself of the still unpunished horror show that is R. Kelly. Jim DeRogatis was on the NYT’s Popcast this week talking about his long running coverage of the allegations against R. Kelly. If you haven’t already, see his Buzzfeed work in particular. It is shocking. Beyond the story itself … Continue reading Saturday Catch-up: Weinstein, R. Kelly, and Art vs. Artists
Childish Gambino’s video for “This is America” has gotten quite a bit of attention, and for good reason. Discussion question: if this isn’t America, then what is? Frank Turner’s anthemic “1933” picks up on some of the same themes, along with (probably what most people find troubling) the "happy-pop / bleak-despair" dichotomies. Turner's worried about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Lady Liberty Celebrates Mother’s Day Too
The kids are going to be alright. The March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. along with some 800 sister rallies took place this weekend. It hasn’t been long since the February 14 Parkland, Florida School shooting, yet we’ve already seen a community develop with a (mostly) codified message of “Never Again.” We even … Continue reading March For Our Why’s