I’ve loved music all my life despite the fact that I have no rhythm and can’t carry a tune to save my life. That said, I do love to listen. Music can be relaxing, inspiring, moving, reflective, or even a refuge. And boy don’t we need a refuge from the events of this past week?!? So here are a few tunes that have been rattling around in my head as together we watch everything change here in Michigan.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it” or
“While the boss man takes his bonus pay and jets out of town/
And DC’s bailing out the bankers as the farmers auction ground,
Yeah while they’re living it up on Wall Street in that New York City town,
Here in the real world their shuttin’ Detroit down.” or
“Every child had a pretty good shot/ To get at least as far as their old man got./
If something happened on the way to that place/ They threw an American flag in our face” or
“I don’t know but I’ve been told/ if the horse don’t pull you’ve got to carry the load/ I don’t know who’s back that strong/ maybe find out before too long” or
“Take my hand/ we’ll make it I swear/ WHOA-OH/ Livin on a prayer.”
WHOA-OH. Special thanks to R.E.M., John Rich, Billy Joel, the Grateful Dead, and Bon Jovi. Do you have a song that best fits these times? Let’s hear it. I don’t mean whistle through the graveyard. From Detroit to North Korea, back through the Middle East over to Washington, this was a milestone week, a historic marker that we’ll look back to and remember where we were and what we were doing. It just makes me speechless, not necessarily a bad thing. And music fills the void.