The Minds of Musicians

I have often said that comedians are the most brilliant people on Earth for they are able to see the obvious; the insanity in our world. I also say that songwriters are brilliant in their own way for they have answers to many of our ills. It’s funny; I look at it like this…comedians can sure spot all the problems and songwriters seem to be able to solve all of the problems. I guess that makes Al Yankovic just about the smartest guy on Earth. OK, maybe not; but you get my drift.

Interestingly enough I have been the class clown just about my entire life. Believe it or not when I am not “educating” people or tackling the serious issues of the world I am usually cracking up crowds, be they in an office or at a family gathering. I am also a musician, although not much of a lyricist. Perhaps if I put down the guitar and wrote some lyrics I would give Al Yankovic something to worry about.

Though the years I have identified blocks of lyrics in popular music that I feel have very powerful messages. There have been a few artists or groups that have particularly impressed me with their ability to speak the truth and say it like it is. Groups like the Clash & the Police come to mind, not to mention John Lennon. Brittney Spears is not on my list; just in case you were wondering.

Anyway, I have been a fan of the Police (the musical group), for quite a while. I was fortunate enough to see them play in concert this weekend. The world has changed since the last time I got to see them play so as I watched them this time I got a little more out of the experience. As usual I marveled at Sting’s voice, Andy Summers’ impossible chording and Stewart Copeland’s remarkable one man percussion section. But this time the lyrics had a bigger impact on me than the music. One song in particular hit me hard and as soon as I heard it, or I should say remembered it, I knew I would be writing about it.

Anyway…here is today’s newsletter, in the form of a song written in 1980…and let me tell you it speaks louder today than it did back then!

“Driven To Tears”

How can you say that you’re not responsible?
What does it have to do with me?
What is my reaction, what should it be?
Confronted by this latest atrocity

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears

Hide my face in my hands, shame wells in my throat
My comfortable existence is reduced to a shallow meaningless party
Seems that when some innocent die
All we can offer them is a page in a some magazine
Too many cameras and not enough food
‘Cos this is what we’ve seen

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears

Protest is futile, nothing seems to get through
What’s to become of our world, who knows what to do

Driven to tears

Think about it!

3 Responses to “The Minds of Musicians”

  1. Tauras95 says:

    Brittney Spears is not on my list; just in case you were wondering.
    I was! Thanks for the reminder on the song…sad state of affairs when we have to turn to the artists to see the truth.

  2. fido says:

    I know how you feel jesse. Welcome back to the fray. We missed you!

  3. worldman says:

    One very peaceful musician that knows how to jump up and down.
    I think Gordon is a separate entity from the Police.
    And powerful, too. Or, did I mean rich?

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