A friends’ email got me thinking about the power of music to unite large numbers of people with a common goal. Born and raised in Liverpool before imigrating to Canada, affinity with Liverpool football club remains dear to his heart. He’s the reason I know Liverpool kicks it out at Anfield where every home game begins with You’ll Never Walk Alone. In his words “the anthem of all football anthems” sung as a hymn by thousands of faithful filling the stands.
Not being much of a sports fan forgive me if I’ve overlooked similar anthems in North America. Pretty sure Stomping’ Tom Connors Good Old Hockey Game doesn’t pack the same punch. My point being, it’s remarkable how music solidifies a singular objective and You’ll Never Walk Alone does just that.
“When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark ……”
Shout out to exemplary WordPresser Jill at https://jilldennison.com/2020/02/13/the-founding-fathers-have-their-say/ for bringing this to my attention –
Oh America! Do we laugh, cry, plan your funeral?
It’s been a tough week. Rather than succumb to ominous implications of Trump’s kangaroo court acquittal or coronavirus headlines, I found musical tonic in Pink’s cover of 4 Non Blondes, What’s Up. Sometimes all it takes to refocus is a Sunday night Pink tonic sing along….
It’s getting tough out there. 2019 went down for the count in clutches of an impeachment maelstrom, ushering 2020 in with invitation to poke sticks at the Middle East. Tough indeed. Remember the adage “when things get tough, the tough get going”? Allow me to introduce Vancouver, B.C. cowboy surf rock band, The Modelos. Ponder the power of music to raise spirits. Allow The Modelos to plant an earworm and know you’re not alone. It’s gettin’ tough, time to get going.
New Years Eve 2019 finds me enjoying a private dance party. I’d like to think diverse musical tastes mirror my world view. With that in mind I’ve chosen three songs to help ring in 2020. No political messages or hidden meanings, simply three songs I’m enjoying tonight. Happy New Year from Notes.
As 2019 draws to a depressing conclusion, forget Trump, divisive partisan media jibber-jabber and political fear mongering. Put aside religious, racial, political and sexual bias – ponder what matters. Every last one of us has a choice – to open our hearts and minds, or languish in perpetual darkness of rigidity.
Playing For Change embodies the essence of equality through the power of music. If you’re unfamiliar with Playing For Change, get on board.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. – https://playingforchange.com/
Every so often a song takes root in the belly, germinating melodic sinews in my core. Inexplicably raised spirits announce I’m hopelessly infected. Such was the case this afternoon when a co-worker played One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile.
Sometimes all it takes is a Kurt Vile to soothe our ragged edges.