Those that know me (1*), know I’m far from a “current events” guru. I usually hear trends and stories after the fact… I just don’t watch much regular TV or listen to much radio to stay connected with “the real world.” And most of it is depressing and repetitive (apart from PBS and some other shows – skipping the frigging commercials that are all about MARKETING and CONSUMERISM…
Who remembers CBS Sunday Morning – the ORIGINAL (well for my story…the original!), with Charles Kuralt. Classic. Can’t replace or improve upon a great storyteller. Still a great show (mainstream’s version of PBS news!), but it’s not Charles… Reminds me…when Garrison leaves PHC (as if that were really possible…PHC without Garrison? Never), we will lose another monumental talent on the public airways. Just saying…
And the other living story teller is Mike Mather in my life (ok, there are some others…) – who I consider to be a close friend / BFF far more than I consider him “my pastor.” (*2) He may be a “white, middle class, heterosexual Christian male” (got all those MAJORITY labels?!) but he is one of the most pigmented, poor, gay, agnostic, “spiritual realist” gender benders you will ever meet. And he is in the (UMC – United Methodist Church) – but DO NOT HOLD THAT AGAINST HIM. Please.
So, back to me and my story.
Watched Grey’s Anatomy’s “summary” and closing season episodes from last year (*3) and discovered this nugget of creative splendor – “Sleeping At Last.” Sure, it’s because they Cover for songs from MY generation…and having lived for a month with a 19 year old who epitomizes all that is good and bad about this “Generation Y W U T V” – it was nice to hear something I recognize! (White rap all sounds the same…sorry!)
So, check them out. They were “all that” last year when they appeared on G.A (*4). And yet…their voices were there long before the “cultural blessing” they got from mainstream TV.
So anyway. Here they are:
99 Red Balloons (ok Yves! I only knew the German version)