I am trying not to be judgmental.
I really am.
The other morning I was driving to what I sometimes call work, I got to a school zone and slowed down to 20 or less as required, suddenly I was being tailgated by a raised full size pick up, he put on his bright lights and the row of super bright LED lights over the cab and started swinging from side to side. Then he decided to move into the turning lane and pass me while still in the school zone, an illegal move at the best of times. All I could think was where are the police as he drove his Police Lives Matter flag waving oversize diesel smoke belching behemoth accelerating through the school zone.
As I drove to work I was thinking to myself, do the ends ever justify the means? This is the excuse the Christian Nationalists and the GOP make for Trump, he won the election, he or his like will probably win the next. I saw a commercial for a local politician here in the Pacific North West, his tag line was if business can build a wall to keep looters out why can’t we build a wall on the border. We are entering another season of the politics of fear, fear the Russians(since the 40’s), may be good reason for this, fear the Christians, fear the Muslims, fear the young, the old, those who look different than us, fear men, women, liberals and conservatives, fear the educated, the uneducated, the elite, the poor, the working man, the unions. At what point do we say enough of this.
We don’t want to educate people, critical race theory may creep in, be careful what math you teach, control, dictate and do as you are told.
We have managed to control the population by keeping them stupid and unhealthy, anything that threatens this is a communist plot.
Aaaahhhhhhhhh. The answer Blitzen Trapper.
I was struggling with the new album when I first talked about it. After spending time with it and eventually getting to attend a live show I have now decided that it is a psychedelic masterpiece. Also Requiem may be the great lost Lindisfarne song.
Altogether it’s a bit of a strange album moving from weird to middle of the road via folk-rock and all out psychedelic oddness.
Live the band were a bit nervous. There have been some changes new members etc. Eric Earley is still there being enigmatic. About twenty minutes into the show there was a big smile and off we were back into familiar unfamiliar territory.
It’s been a long time since I was at a show. There were masks, bare faces smiles and swaying. It’s good to be at shows again.
At least after the anger of the start of the day there was a good end to the day. In the words of Neil Young.
“Live music is better, bumper stickers should be issued.”
See now I feel better.
Rant over for now.
A tree felling happened as well.