Thursday, September 01, 2005

the mercy of the fallen

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I like reading about other people's various interests sometimes.........

O mentioned Dar Williams. I love her album The Beauty of the Rain quite a bit. The Mercy of the Fallen is a great song.

Here you can read some lyrics to Dar songs

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I have much more to say and don't feel like there is a way to put the thoughts into words right now......... that will be another post.

2 comments:

Paul’s Thoughts said...

Had a listen to the 30s sound bites available for the songs on the album The Beauty of the Rain. From these slight glimpses these are the songs that the ‘ear’ liked.

The World is not falling apart
Farewell To The Old Me
Mercy of the Fallen
Closer to Me
The Beauty of the Rain

Yes I can see why you liked this album, as do I for a number of reasons.

As you know, Dar supports lesbians without necessarily being one, has liberal political and feminist stances, and is concerned about the environment. I also noted while flicking through some of her material pockets of religious references, which isn’t surprising considering one of her majors at university was in religious studies. Anyway, while I may not necessarily agree with some of the agendas presented in the lyrics of her past albums, they are very intriguing.

Getting back to The Beauty of the Rain. For the most part people get what ever comes to their mind from songs, which are independent and often wildly different to the composer’s own interpretation. Here what I got from ‘World is Not Falling Apart’

“Welcome to the golden age of speed with grace,
Waiting for the angry gods to smite our race
I logged on to Africa in just one day, I opened a door and that's okay”

Yes we are in the golden age of information, of high speed communication, computer power and connectability. As technology would have it, one day we are fine the next it can be used against other races, individuals or we can use it to spend a day learning about Africa without ever leaving the keypad.

“It's not an end it's just a start, not an end it's just a start
And the world's not falling apart, the world's not falling apart because of me
And the world's not falling apart, the world's not falling apart because of me”

Some would say that technology is driving us apart, given us the power to push the extremes of individualism to fantasizing heights, one doesn’t even have to leave home to get their groceries if they so desire. Are we falling apart from each other, our sense of community? We live in a western world that idealises materialism and embraces consumption as a form of escapism. One can be in their living room and use technology to consume without ever going to a store. For example, one lady said “The first time I tuned into the Home Shopping Club I couldn’t get out of my chair for three hours. I sat stunned, mesmerised by the parade of neck chains, earrings, china birds, microwaves. … It took every ounce of my will not to pick up the phone and dial. . . . Jane, I said, remember the anorexic state of your bank account. Still - two teak serving trays for $10, minus my first time shopper rebate of $5! I didn’t exactly need teak trays … but … they were a bargain.” [Miller, D. from ‘Acknowledging Consumption: A Review of New Studies’.] Are we falling apart from each other? Apparently, to some extent because of Dar’s concerts people have been brought together. Hence, “the world is not falling apart, the world’s not falling apart because of me.”

Not only at a concert but also on the internet community (dar-lings and ‘zines).

“I have seen the kids who make their scenes
And I have seen the riot girls who print their ‘zines
They write the word, they raise a thought
They say who they are, they try what they're not
Cuz life is such a changing art, life is such a changing art”

The ‘zines (An inexpensively produced, self-published, usually underground internet publications), it is hoped in this song are being used to transform society big or small towards a progressive change. And intern, bring people together in what is said in thought over the internet. In Dar’s case this is teenage girls writing ‘zines about her, so she is in effect bringing people together, no “the world is not falling apart’. Unfortunately the internet and technology can be used for the destruction of praxis, robbing security, misinforming and comodifying life. But I’m not going there, I like this song.

“The closest thing to God that I have heard
Is when I knew I did not have the final word
you say the world has lost it's love
I say embrace what it's made of
I'll snake a camera to your heart, I'll snake a camera to your heart”

Has the world “lost it’s love”, are we being pulled apart, as the opening lines of movie “Crash” suggests? “It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In LA, nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.” Have we lost our sense of touch with one another? Technology seems cold and harsh, it is without feeling, has no heart beat and exists in a stream zeros and ones. Yet, to Dar it need not be this way, we can embrace this technology, that it may be warmed by our communication. The world is not falling apart, not in Dar’s fan base, as Dar’s presence helps some to communicate more.

And it is here that the song finishes. You may have a different spin on the lyrics than myself, people get different things form songs, that’s the beauty of them.

Keep smiling,
O

beautiful mind, complex life said...

I loved your post, OctaveOcean. Actually I think our interpretations of Dars lyrics are along the same lines, especially in regards to the way she portrays the "golden age of information".

Since you talked a bit about zines, I thought I would post this here. I've been meaning to pass it along as it comes from one I wrote an article for a while back (a couple of years ago), that is the homemade style print zine with a radical feminist outlook.

If anyone is interested, it's called Rain and Thunder, and here's some info that was sent along with details on a recent issue they did dedicated to Andrea Dworkin.

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Subscriptions for one year (4 issues) are $1 for every $1000 you have in income a year. More if you can, less if you can't. Institutional rate is $30/year. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Single copies of the Andrea Dworkin Special Issue are available for $7 each (postage paid). Payment can be made by check or money order. Outside the USA: subscriptions cost the same as above plus $10. Payment must be by International Money Order.

Please take part and help our community thrive!

Rain and Thunder
PO BOX 674
Northampton, MA 01060
rainandthunder@yahoo.com
http://free.hostdepartment.com/R/RainAndThunder
:Subscriptions for one year (4 issues) are $1 for every $1000 you have in income a year. More if you can, less if you can't. Institutional rate is $30/year. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Single copies of the Andrea Dworkin Special Issue are available for $7 each (postage paid). Payment can be made by check or money order. Outside the USA: subscriptions cost the same as above plus $10. Payment must be by International Money Order.

Please take part and help our community thrive!

Rain and Thunder
PO BOX 674
Northampton, MA 01060
rainandthunder@yahoo.com
http://free.hostdepartment.com/R/RainAndThunder

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