Friday, January 22, 2010

Why Laughter (and Forgetting) Wins



Pay attention to the wrong things, and this seemed to be a week when the great ship of state was seizing up, perhaps for good. Brown wins in Massachusetts. Edwards admits to his love child. Haiti aid distribution gets worse. Rumsfeld's name shows up in the client list of DC's leading madam. Obama expresses frustration that banks need more than spanks. Everyone lines up to oust Bernanke. The Supreme Court says that corporations matter more than you. There is nothing good, there is no "crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."

And yet, and yet.... I went to Thursday night's Studio Bee sessions and saw a band of 17-year-olds from Cheyenne Mountain High School operating under the nom de guerre of Dance Over Anaheim, who played some of the most perfect pop music I ever heard. This never fails to happen, because of tiny miracles everywhere. Even in the depths of the early Medieval period, we got the Venerable Bede. As Pynchon said in some of his most graphic WW2 concentration camp writings, the sky can show us a star. It can, and does.

6 comments:

John G said...

Great post, at the end of the day I can always be happy that I'll be listening to music the next day.

And the heck can they be so young?

Dave said...

Loring, nice blog, ever so literate yet present and lively. I especially like your live music references, they turn me onto unique stuff.

Loring Wirbel said...

Dave and John, thanks, still in a good mood but boy do my calves hurt. Need a jolt of music or 3D Avatar....

Ruth said...

Always, always, I can count on you to find a yin for every yang. They may not be immediately connected, but they keep you in balance, and that keeps me in balance.

Hallelujah, and pass the guitar to the 10-year-olds who need to start practicing.

wretch said...

Wow. What a neat band. You know any of those kids?

Hard to catch the lyrics, but I really liked those songs. You ever find any cleaner recordings of them I can pay for and download, let me know.

The kid who makes that band go, but is rarely going to get noticed for it? The drummer.

Loring Wirbel said...

You can get a full-length on Amazon and iTunes, "And Then We Flew", earlier and a little more Azure-Ray/Indigo-Girls with less keyboards and drums. There is a newer five-song demo that I could put on SendSpace if you like. Don't know any of the band members...