Thursday, July 27, 2017

Optimism in songs.

Jesus Jones.

Remember them? They had a pretty big hit a few years ago:


This song was released in late 1990, which was an interesting time in the world. The Berlin Wall had fallen, the Soviet Union was really starting to open up, people were starting to really care about the environment... and hey, everybody likes a new decade, right? We love it when the odometer rolls over.

I occasionally tell my students, only partly in jest, "The nineties were a lot of fun. You missed a great decade." Because, what have they known their entire lives except terrorism and economic uncertainty and environmental doom-and-gloom? This past sixteen-ish years has been one huge fucking bummer, and with the Cheeto-in-Chief in charge down there, I don't see things turning around anytime soon, even if he has a heart attack on the golf course and Vice President "Cotton from King of the Hill" takes over.

Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed.

And so, we forge ahead. For, what other choice do we have? Shall we lay down and die where we stand? Never! We must be ever striving to make the world a better place. Just like Jesus Jones tried to do.

Believe in Jesus (Jones). I sure do. They were pretty great.

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