Have to admit, when Dad gave me the challenge of doing a Days of the Week Music Series, Wednesday and Thursday were what caused me angst.
But then there was an election down south and the poets took over.
I’d missed this newest one – Wednesday Morning – from Macklemore until now.
So thanks again to dad for giving me the push to look up from my stuff to catch this.
That’s what parents are supposed to do, right?
As for my initial thoughts on the song?
As a Canadian, I watched the election results come in for America that night.
I remember, rather early (sometime after 9ish eastern), telling my husband I thought Trump would win.
No, he said. Lots of urban votes aren’t in yet.
No, I said. Look at what’s already showing decided or leaning. I think he’s going to win.
I got up early the next morning to check and, yes.
I have many American blog friends. And so I read their response.
I wouldn’t have chosen him.
But it’s not my country. Not my choice.
Macklemore’s song, written in the aftermath of the election, is a beautiful example of the ability of song to reflect upon and bring focus and attention to issues in hopes of affecting change:
Humanity is a privilege, we can’t give in;
When they build walls, we’ll build bridges.
This is resistance, we’re resilient;
When they spread hate, we shine brilliant.
Open up the jails and the overcrowded cells;
When we oppress anyone, we oppress ourselves.
Greatest gift I ever learned is helpin’ someone else;
You build, believe and build ’cause you forget about yourself.
Service. Purpose. Works if you work it.
Love everyone regardless of the God they worship.
This isn’t the Apocalypse.
Bad taste, bad taste in my mouth;
Flag wavin’, flag wavin’ at a Patriot’s house.
Lookin’ for change in the couch.
Mad world, mad world, that’s what the TV said;
Imagine trying to keep your head;
While your daughter sleeps in bed.
And when she wakes up, will the world be the same?
Will my girl be afraid in the home of the brave?
See I hope, I hope, that it’s gonna be all right;
But what a hell of a night.
Regardless of your views on the American election, the song is a powerful commentary on the issues faced by that country today. Like Macklemore, and like many of my fellow Canadians, I have faith in America – and Americans – to come through – and shine brilliant.
And I’m pretty sure that’s the most I’ve ever said about politics on this blog. Ever.