#50 – Confrontation by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Made it to album 50!  It feels like a decent accomplishment, but it’s also a potent reminder of how long it’s been since the quarantine started.  I wanted this milestone to be marked with an artist who exemplifies the progressive social justice movement that has taken hold of America (hopefully for good).  Tom Waits has been quoted as saying “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”  I have always felt that way about a lot of Bob Marley songs.  This album features the song “Buffalo Soldier,” which is both a catchy song and a lesson about a dark chapter in history.  Even the title of this album, Confrontation, is perfect for the present climate.  This is a profoundly confrontational time, and while I feel the time is ripe for change, I would love to see a lot more dignity and respect from our elected officials.  The divisiveness that permeates the Unites States’ legislature has created too many embarrassing and shameful scenes to recall.   At a time when national unity could not be more important as we forge our way ahead in both a pandemic and a long overdue societal awakening, far too many of our “leaders” – shockingly few of them deserve to be referred as such – have devoted their attention to political maneuvering.  The shakeup required to right the ship can’t come soon enough and we can only hope that Americans have woken up to our problems enough to make their voices heard at the polls in November.  If you haven’t registered to vote yet, please do as soon as possible.  No matter what your views are, participation is the biggest and most important contribution we can make right now.  Lets not make this yet another missed opportunity to have our voices heard. 

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