9.20.2007

Rants of a Music Blogger

Just another reason I hate mainstream media. The review at Spin.com of David Dondero's Simple Love, really pissed me off. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but to say that the lyrics of the song "Rothko Chapel" are schmaltzy by today's standards and that lyrics like this might have worked well for dust-bowl folkies, is unfortunate. I wonder what this reviewer would say about the lyrics of John Lennon's classic "Imagine". The two songs reflect a similar sentiment. Considering the social and political climate today, listening to Folk that has something to say, is not a bad idea and necessary.

My religion is in nature, art and literacy

My religion is in science, music and poetry

My religion is the mountain; my church is in the seas

My religion is to love you yet my church is entropy

My relig
ion is in your eyes but my church ain't organized
My faith is in the sweetness that you might realize
but my faith it could be fiction, my faith could not be smart

My religion is the weather, yeah; my church is in your heart

Complete lyrics of "Rothko Chapel"

It bothers me that thoughtful words can be reduced to a rating or discounted by a catchword. I don't care about Spin .com reviews, they do not influence what I buy or listen to. What is discouraging is that young people who could benefit by listening to music that generates reflection, might be swayed by this review.

We are a society of vacant minds who are spoon-fed music, education, politics and religion. We are manipulated daily by our government and the media. The ramifications of the religious right have infiltrated into our lives and laws. Religion
is used to justify atrocities, to divide people, and to encourage hate rather then understanding.

What is so wrong with listening to inspirational lyrics that pose questions and that leave listeners to reflect on their beliefs?
New or old words are powerful. Words and ideas can effect change. Let’s give Folk a chance to matter.
Spread this song around.

Rothko Chapel MP3

The Rothko Chapel web site