“Take this ring, Master, for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness that you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.”
― Círdan to Gandalf in The Return of the King, Appendix B, JRR Tolkien
Congratulations again to Zurvan, upon whom was bestowed the Braveheart Bonus by boldly bringing a burst of Bowie…bandwidth…bumblebee butts…baking…during our last DJ thread. In accordance with the ancient laws, he won the right to choose this week’s DJ theme.
Before beginning, behold my blabbering and blustering bout…damn it….prior to starting, I’d like to make a few remarks. I’ve been told I have a way with words and I think there are times I should put whatever I have to offer to use, whenever it might do some good.
You know what I want? What my own ideal use is for RVS? It’s to inform and discuss and make you feel better about life without lying to you. I don’t want to sell you on any agenda I have. I don’t want to talk about the issues and how they help or hurt Candidate X or further Agenda Y. It’s not about what I want it to be about.
It’s about us. I want to talk about how the issues of the day are affecting you and understand what’s happening in the hearts and minds of normal people rather than the ambitious freaks who drive all of this nonsense.
Although RVS isn’t strictly a politics and news site (or an “adult material” site according to at least one of our friend’s employers), much of our discussion revolves around current events. Big deal, because Bing brought up billions and billions of blogs billowing–aaaagh. There are many sites that do this. What’s tricky about this one is that when you’re constantly following the news and writing about politics, it’s very difficult not to succumb to the negativity that the present environment is seething with.
I’m not very old, but I’m not young either. Over 40. I’ve been politically “woke” for over 20 years and I have never seen it this bad in terms of anger and hatred. Yeah, I know. There have always been plentiful periods of political partisanship percolat–this is part of the ebb and flow of things. There has always been unspeakable violence, grieving families, and bitter recriminations. What’s different now is that you can’t escape it, no matter who you are or how hard you try.
What this has done is make us unhappy. People are fearful and upset. What’s wrong with us? It’s hard to understand why this is such a dark time. We’re prosperous and generally peaceful. Sure, there are wars going on but they don’t affect us. We’re not starving. I’d argue that we’re safer and more comfortable now than was ever thought possible even fifty years ago. Why are we so bitchy and sad? It’s as if somebody left the basement door open and demons are just wandering out.
It’s because we’re waging a mental, perhaps even a spiritual, fight. Like Eldritch Abominations, just knowing about these horrible things in the world and (wrongly) thinking that we’re helpless to do anything about them drains our energy. Worse, we’re seeing cynical and mean-spirited people attempt to manipulate us, polarize us, and in the process they depress us. I hear lots of good people say, “Ah, I’m just going to shut the news off. Totally disconnect. I’ll feel better then!” They do. For a short time. The escape from the negativity doesn’t last long because it’s saturated in every form of media and it creeps into our personal relationships and then our own hearts.
That’s one reason, anyway. The other reason that they don’t stay away for good is because they care about other people and what’s happening to our world. If you’re still reading, can you use the word “polarization” somewhere in your first comment so I’ll know who’s shirking? Thanks.
We each have it in us to make the world a better place and the only reason we don’t is because we underestimate our own power level. My opinion is that it starts with a genuine compassion and willingness to understand others. It comes easier to some people than others. I grapple with maintaining an open mind and keeping the darkness at bay. Yet when I’m at my best and focused, I like to believe that I help other people when I make them feel better. Sometimes all it takes is some humor and sometimes I just need to understand what someone is trying to express. Anybody can do that, really. They just have to care.
Today, I’m asking all of our readers to fight the darkness. How? All you have to do is shine your inner light at it. Yeah, I said that corny shit. Can you believe it? You cannot control the world or change it simply with good intentions, of course. What you can do is refuse to be manipulated and controlled. You can also choose to heal, understand, inspire, and cheer up others.
The world needs more people like that, doesn’t it? Well, be that person, just for today if you can. Nothing is stopping you, I shit you not. Nothing even can, unless you’re convinced otherwise. Be positive and kind and hold your own light high. Others will follow. Little by little, we can make it better. We will start with ourselves.
In that vein, Zurvan and I are determined to help you break whatever negativity grips you. Today, you are being liberated. Set free from the despair and anger. When you feel the warmth, please share it with someone else today. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a group like ours, online or IRL. Here are the categories for this week’s music thread.
I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror — Songs that drive you to be a better person. I’m really curious to know if you have any selections that changed your life. I think many of this have something like this among our favorite albums. I certainly do!
Walking on Sunshine — Songs that make you happy! Music has a huge impact on our moods. Our Lightworkers need inspiration to lead the way. Give it.
Turn on Your Heart Light –Songs that inspire hope in humanity. Regale me with your selections that evoke faith, selflessness, sacrifice, and The Power of Love. We just need to hear that everything is going to be okay from someone we can trust. There are more powerful forces at work than those that depress the people in your lives. Reveal them.
Tom Bombadil Bonus. Take the song in your heart and do a good deed for someone else after you read this. Save someone. Pay something forward. Really go out of your way, I’m serious. The harder you work at it, the stronger you will feel. The reward is the knowledge that you proved the world has fine folks in it to at least one person. That’s what people need most at this stage. Please explain what you did in the comments. Modesty is not necessary.
This is an open music thread. All are welcome to participate. To do so, just share a song consistent with one of the given themes or you can just claim the bonus. Songs will be added to the embedded playlist as fast as I can get to them.
Zurvan: It’s your week, so you’re first up. Thank you for a much-needed suggestion! Everybody needed this, I think. The order of dedications typically has no importance, but this was your idea and the rest of us are happy to follow.
I have an absurd soft spot for sappy 1980’s-ish love songs. Nothing redeems us or leads us to strive for becoming better people than love. Nor do we do anything greater in our existence except that which we do in the name of love. I’ll be doing these songs like crazy for the whole thread, but they very much are what works best for making me feel happy (I can be such a fag sometimes).
You get one of my favorites in this realm and a very strong opening:
pfluffy: This song never fails to cheer me up and I always remember that you’re the one who introduced me to it years ago. Thanks for sharing something that makes me happy, you wild woman.
Santino: So someone seriously said something stating silly sentences send a sense of silliness assuming certain starting sounds synch similarly? Here’s another alliterative title that’s good vibes.
Grendel: The music near the end of Fellowship of the Ring, oh, my feelz. Everything about LOTR brings out the best in me emotionally. The whole soundtrack puts my mind on an elevated plane I can’t even begin to describe.
Rich Taylor: I don’t think there’s another song more inspiring than this one that was written by someone who so truly needed to become a better human being…and actually did.
WVR: This song is very much in line with the post. I interpret it as carrying on the best you can as a regular person, regardless of what happens in the larger scheme of things.
Want a dedication of your own next week? Make a contribution.