Finding Our Own Song to Sing

10 Jul

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, mostly for a 80’s that didn’t exist outside Teen Magazine and John Hughes films, so when WXRT featured 1986 in their Saturday Morning Flashback this past week, I was really getting into it.

One of the songs that came up was this.  I had to use Shazam to remember the title.

It summoned up memories of Bloom County, Live Aid, Hands Across America, and the general political feeling I remember at that time (it helped that they’d played a U2 song right before).

I don’t know if it was because of my age, or the zeitgeist of the time, but I felt so much more empowered then than I do now.  Yeah, we said, things are bad, really bad.  But we can do something about it.  We can use our culture to raise awareness, raise money, and stage protests.  And we can make things better.

Lately, I feel like we’ve given up a little (and again, I don’t know if that’s because I’m getting older and perceiving things differently).  Now we’re saying, why bother?  The badguys have all the power and there’s nothing we can do about it.  Our politicians won’t talk to each other.  The corporations care only about money and have all the power.  Climate Change is so overwhelming we don’t even know where to start. Even our entertainment is gritty, real.  No room for idealism here.

But we need it.  We need to feel like we can make a difference, even if we don’t fix absolutely everything.  Let’s change our thinking.  Wendy Davis did.  Gabby Giffords did.  Edith Windsor did.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Copyright © 2013 Getty Images. All rights reserved.

We will fight for the right to be free
We will build our own society
And we will sing, we will sing
We will sing our own song

Let’s find our own songs, about wealth equality, about education, about the environment.  About the power of the many vs. the power of the few.  Let’s focus less on what makes us different, what political team we’re on, or what religion we practice, and more on what we have in common, because it’s a lot.

Small actions add up.  They change our thinking, empower us.

We can change the world.  We’ve done it before.

What do you think?  What actions can we take that might make the world a better place?  What issues do you care about?

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
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