Why Are the Same Songs Always Relevant?
Posted by purplemary54 on January 9, 2015
I’ve posted a few songs more than once, and not just because I reposted something. Some songs are so wonderful, so resonant, that they bear repeated listening. And some are just relevant to what’s going on in the world. They fit my mood, whether it be angry or sad, hopeful or depressed.
I’m still angry and upset about what’s been going on in France the last few days. I know I’m not the only one, and my rage at the carnage at Charlie Hebdo is nothing compared to what those who worked there and the victims’ families must be feeling right now. But I saw on PBS Newshour the other night that 2014 was one of the most dangerous years in recent times for journalists. Hundreds have been imprisoned or killed because they were simply trying to report the news. Most of them were killed in conflict zones, where the wars and repression are happening. But the attack on the satirical French weekly shows that anyone with a pen or a camera is at risk.
France has had a lot of issues lately with immigration and Islamophobia. (And doesn’t it just suck that we had to coin a word to describe the fear of a particular religion?) There’s been civil unrest in the country for some time now, and it finally boiled over into this barbarous act. Now right wing nut jobs over there are going to use this as leverage to try and get xenophobia and discrimination legalized. And that’s going to lead to more trouble and unrest. And on and on in a vicious cycle.
I feel like it’s trite to say that the only way to end all this violence and hatred is with love–partly because that isn’t the whole truth. It begins with love, as well as tolerance, understanding, knowledge. We need to ignore any politician or religious zealot that tells us the problem is some other group or ideology, and that we can solve the problem by banning that group or ideology. We need to stop being afraid. We need to stop listening to anyone who preaches fear or hatred. And then we need to help each other–food, clothing, money, education. Stop dropping bombs on people and start dropping books. Maybe if we really started listening to each other, we might learn that nobody is really that different.
I don’t know. I’m getting a little ranty, so I should probably stop. But I want this song to stop being relevant. And the only way to do that is to play it again.