As anyone who shows up for The Delivery’s pre-show warmup quickly learns, I love music and I’m a big fan of musicians who can write good songs and good lyrics. Those are more rare than you’d expect. But lyrics can be tricky for me. I appreciate, for instance, that Sting is a skilled lyricist and an excellent songwriter, but many of his tunes leave me cold because they seem shallow. That was the subject of a discussion today between John of VerumSerum and Ace about the difference between Sting’s lyrics in Synchronicity I and Neil Peart’s in Red Barchetta. I think Ace hits an important point that we’d all do well to keep in mind. If we won’t summon enough imagination to get outside our own heads, then we are little better than children and the rest of society ought to treat us as such.
Ed Driscoll ties up both posts nicely with some thoughts about how the lack of imagination isn’t necessarily an artist thing, but a leftist thing. He notes that most country artists, who do not skew left, don’t make a habit of casually insulting their audiences because they’re still capable of remembering (or imagining, if you like) what it was like when they weren’t rich and coddled.
And now, links!
- Doug Ross has three conditions under which he’d raise the debt ceiling. I think the Republican leadership should bring him in for a little sit-down so he can explain things to them.
- Have a brain pain? Have you lost that little jump in your step? Are your bunions giving you trouble? You, my friend, need Spenditol!
- Even though I’ve not paid a bit of attention to the story of the 16 year-old bride and her 51 year-old husband, I found this Stacy McCain interview with the girl’s mother pretty interesting.
- While Debbie Wasserman-Schultz nurses her bruised ego and throws a big-league poochie lip at Allen West, let’s take a look at some of the things she’s said over the past couple years.
- So…the media spun their reports against Republican governors who battled the labor unions but for the Democratic governor who did the same thing? Let’s all be very shocked!
- I say that throwing your very own birthday party for Barack Obama sounds like a ton of fun, and by fun I mean something a totalitarian despot expects of his subjects. I sincerely hope someone from the GOP is on this story. It’d make for a tasty little talking point.
- If the players ratify the collective bargaining agreement to which the owners have agreed, then the end of July is going to be very busy. The big day will be July 27, when the free agent bazaar opens and the hundreds of millions of dollars you pay for what has become a very substandard sports product (IMO) flows like the mighty Mississip’.