“What we once thought we had we didn’t / What we have now will never be that way again / So WE CALL UPON THE AUTHOR TO EXPLAIN!!!” Nick Cave
When I started thinking about this week’s DJ thread I thought about “perspective”, but I needed to broaden it a bit to include interpretation, reflection, changes, etc. The main reason is the existence of enough songs for people to listen to and post. When Thrill introduced the link to an article on winning an argument, the sexier buzzword “cognitive dissonance” had a better ring to it.
The untimely death of Chris Cornell also brings in the concept of “denial” to the mix for some of us. I am older than Cornell. As I write this sentence there is a “probably suicide”, but the reminder is there that none of is getting younger. Eddie Vedder is the only major grungie frontman currently alive.
I spent this past weekend mostly without cell or wifi. We had limited cell coverage at times but I got little to no news for close to three days. Yes, it was very nice. We got back to our car on Sunday afternoon and turned on satellite radio news and they were STILL TALKING ABOUT COMEY NONSTOP. As tempting as the lively threads here have been, I have not publicly discussed it and I am taking a wait-and-see approach. Why?
RVS has touched on the topics of perspective and changes in one’s opinions and attitudes based on new events or experiences. We looked at cognitive dissonance a bit this week as we all struggle to sort through the weeks’ events that seem to be flying at us at breakneck speed. At the end of it all not much has really changed. Where we sit is where we stand. Still. Our pre-conceived notions/opinions still largely dictate how we look at the news of the day. I mean this in broad sense and not RVS. I have a family function this weekend and I will be a deaf mute if politics comes up. One day I will finally have enough information to condemn Trump form an objective opinion on these past weeks’ news.
TLDR: Even as I am mortified at the news of Russia, Comey, Trump revealing intel to a foreign contingency on an ad hoc basis, I KNOW I would take a wait-and-see approach back when Obama was in office. I KNOW it. I would also easily come up with all of the counter arguments that I have read on the threads here. As for Hillary, well I wouldn’t have been as gracious since her VP pick was pretty much benign and much less divisive. What was his name again?
Yesterday special counsel was selected to investigate the Comey letter. I will accept whatever comes of it unless it goes off the rails somehow. Yea, I gave myself an out, but potential shenanigans have all been discussed on the threads here.
So, let’s explore it in song:
- Double Entendre – Songs about more than one thing or having more than one interpretation. If you are feeling ambitious give us a pair of songs that compliment, mirror or reflect each other somehow.
- We Call Upon the Author – Songs about perspective, reflection and explanation.
- Cognitive Dissonance – Sometimes you like the music but find the artist personally repugnant. Give us songs that you like by artists that you personally dislike. Or just songs you hate.
- Snowflake City – Don’t like to reflect? Trump pissing in your breakfast cereal got you feeling vulnerable? Need a safe space? Play safe songs with no meaning, evil or benign. Maybe your kids could suggest something.
Alternatively, play your favorite Chris Cornell songs and tell us what he may or may not have meant to you. Alice in Chains has always been my favorite, but Cornell had a voice unmatched in rock. Some reports credit him with a four octave range. Decades of screeching took its toll but he was still performing to the day he died.
I saw Soundgarden twice in concert. The show at the Atlanta Underground for the Olympics was one of my favorites. We were about 25 feet away. I tried to hook a couple of friends up and it was a disaster (she had to provide us a ride home cause we were shitfaced) but the band was in top form playing on the street. She never talked to me again. I miss the 90’s.
Here are the dedications for last week’s participants:
Thrill – These guys were at the festival this weekend. Really cool band live, but not quite as good recorded. Song has absolutely no meaning.
Kevin – Which is it? I am not particularly fond of this song, but it was wildly popular back in the day.
mashav – Obvious double entendre for you.
Zurvan – Great song by a total asshole (my opinion). Let me know if you love the guy!
westvirginiarebel – I loved this song in the 80’s but not as much the band. Great reflection theme, though.
Grendel – Try not to shout along. Another obvious double entendre and arguably little meaning.
Mandatory Bush this week.
If you want your own dedication next week, share a song.