So I start my first blog and I’m ready to tell the world when the biggest news story in 10 years breaks. Needless to say, I did not report my exciting news as apparently everyone was flash mobbing around the country. I consider myself a proud American but I don’t own a USA flag and I’m wondering where all these college kids get access to all these flags so quickly. I guess it’s just the American entrepreneurial spirit and someone was out there, ready to sell flags at a moments notice.
I don’t consider myself a political person by any stretch but I do try to stay aware. I don’t know if it’s my age but I don’t hear a lot of political songs anymore. A quick search on Wikipedia lists a number of current anti-war songs however I don’t see a sense of community around these artists spreading the gospel. I don’t know if it’s apathy or just smaller communities following their artists. I look at old 60’s footage and think it probably was just of the moment. I remember when Chuck D of Public Enemy called Hip Hop the “Black CNN” or when punk music spoke about the injustices of the world and of youth. I don’t think that is the case anymore. I know there are still artists that try to sing about what they see in the world but I’m not aware of anyone recently that has put together their thoughts into compelling, urgent songs. I hope it comes back.
The first songs I thought of one I heard of OBL’s fate was Bob Dylan’s “Master of War and “With God On Our Side”. Although they were written almost 50 years ago they still pack a powerful punch and even though he’s talking about the US, it can certainly hold true for the other side too.
It took me years to discover the beauty of Bob Dylan’s songs but it was worth the wait. I’m sure I’ll talk more about Bob Dylan some other time but for now here are two amazing songs.
Side note: Apparently I’m not that original a thinker (Big surprise). As I was loading these songs onto this site I noticed they are both from the Fahrenheit 9/11 Soundtrack. Pearl Jam performs a version from the soundtrack. You can hear them perform a great version on David Letterman’s show here.
Lastly, I would just like to note how proud I am of all US Armed Forces. They can accomplish some amazing shit