Friday, 23 November 2007
We can change the world
My favourite group of all time Crosby, Stills and Nash (CS&N) sang ' We can change the world' in Graham Nash's song about Chicago. It starts off with, ' so your brother's bound and gagged and they tied him to a chair, would you please come to chicago just to sing, in a land that is known as freedom how can such a thing be fair, won't you please come to Chicago for the help that we can bring, we can change the world, re-arrange the world, its dying...to get better!'
How can we change the world with blog spaces? How can we communicate reforms in society, reforms in hearts and minds, is it a shot in the dark, a voice in the wilderness, or just shadow boxing, everyone trying their best to express their feelings, like a radio announcer hoping somebody out there is listening and not knowing if there is an audience!
Unfortunately CS&N spoke out against all rules and regulations ('who needs them?') in their song about changing the world. One has to remember that they were from the Woodstock Love and Freedom Hippie Generation that promoted free sex and drugs - that is the kind of world they wanted and which their songs inform their fans about, ' if you can't be with the one you love, love the one your with' (Stephen Stills).
So although they are my favourite group, their kind of new world order is something I have distanced myself from. Their gospel is not the Gospel I preach. So although I enjoyed their high riding harmonies and their unique sound on the guitars, I cannot agree with their philosophy.
We already know that free sex and drugs have almost destroyed, not changed, the world.
I will write more later - off to school to watch Hilton swim and ride a box cart!