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.
It’s been far too long since Playing For Change appeared on this blog.
It was late September, 2007 when chance ushered us to a movie theatre playing Across the Universe. We knew nothing about the movie, had no idea who director Julie Taymor was, let alone watched trailers or checked reviews. Void of external interference, untainted by collective jibber-jabber or prickling with tabloid expectation – we entered blank slates, emerged transformed. Walking to the car in silence, unabashed grins said it all. From that day forward Across the Universe served as a silent barometer – get it you’re in my tribe, miss the point I have serious doubts.
Despite Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band being one of the first albums I owned, I wouldn’t say I was a Beatles super-fan. What Across the Universe did was use Beatles music to transcend time and place, delivering social commentary as relevant today as it was in 1967.
A few days ago a still of the movie Yesterday appeared on my news feed. Starring Himesh Patel as a floundering British singer-songwriter who wakes from a freak bus accident to find himself in a alternate universe where The Beatles never existed. Patel’s character Jack seizes the opportunity to perform Beatles songs to a world that’s never heard them. Directed by Danny Boyle ( Slumdog Millionaire ), Jack finds fame and risks losing everything he loves. Sounds pretty lame, right? Not so fast.
Across the Universe proved Beatle’s music more powerful than quaint skips down memory lane. Those who didn’t get Across the Universe likely described it as a frivolous love story. Here’s hoping Boyle’s Yesterday delivers an equally surprising gift. Scheduled for general release on June 28, 2019 we’ll have to wait and see if Boyle delivers. Until then I’ll avoid media contamination. No reviews, hype, praise, condemnation or analysis of Yesterday shall touch me until seeing it for myself. Stay tuned…..
Tonight I discovered The Dead South, a Canadian folk/bluegrass band based in Regina, Saskatchewan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_South
Oh man, they’re so good!