United States

I see bad times today

Bouts of homesickness makes people do different things to fight the sickness: watch their favorite film, eat familiar foods, sit and cry alone or listen to the right music. Being American, there are plenty of musicians that can make someone feel at home.

The South is very far away from the wooded homes of Wisconsin, but Creedence Clearwater Revival still feels so relavent. There’s something about Southern Rock that just feels American (even though CCR are from San Fran). But what’s classic about the band is that you never feel patriotic. You don’t feel not ashamed of being American, but you also have the ability to criticise the country articulately. 

The sound of CCR reminds me of driving around the countryside in my 1990 Ford Probe: windows down and music blaring – all while dodging deer on the side of the road.

I feel like I would give my right arm to be home today. I want it to be summer, to be working in a union job again and to be in that damn car. Sometimes music soothes pain, but sometimes we are only left dreaming.


Let’s try and forget it

Today definitely had its down. Nothing like a morning where there’s massive signal failures on the tube line, you rip your jacket and you wake up to finding out that your government has made fools of themselves again.

Everyone has their go-to song when they’re feeling down. Those few songs that you can allow sink into your skin and let all that “heavy shit” to just drift away. I listened to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” on the tube home today and could finally sigh a sigh of relief.

I could talk about the government shutdown, but there’s isn’t much else to say that hasn’t already been covered in the media. But I can say that there’s one thing that gives me hope, and that’s hearing the American people being outraged at their government. I think slowly people are beginning to wake up and be angry.

I like that.

In order for America to continue being a great country, it needs to be filled with good people. And I really feel for anyone who is out of a job until the gov’ get their shit together.

Listen to Petula. I really hope she helps.