I have been quite dormant as far as posting regularly for the past several years. Well I’m newly inspired to post a series on all the songs on the new Arcade Fire album. Hopefully some people are still interested in this blog.
Of course the posts will consist of my best guesses as to what they are saying on the album. And certainly others may have their own best guesses and think mine may be totally off. If so feel free to post your thoughts. And most important of all, I hope my thoughts can add to your experience of this phenomenal album.
“Just because Christianity is the true ethic, it knows how to shorten deliberations and cut short prolix instructions, to remove all provisional waiting and preclude all waste of time. Christianity is involved in the task immediately, because it has brought the task along. There is, indeed, great debate going on in the world about what should be called the highest good. But whatever it is called at the moment, whatever variations there are, it is unbelievable how many prolexities are involved in grasping it.”
“Christianity, however, teaches a man immediately the shortest way to find the highest good: shut your door and pray to God – for God is still the highest. And when a man will go out into the world, he can go a long way – and go in vain – he can wander the world around – and in vain – all in order to find the beloved or the friend. But Christianity never suffers a man to go in vain, not even a single step, for when you open the door which you shut in order to pray to God, the first person you meet as you go out is your neighbor whom you shall love. Wonderful!” (Soren Kierkegaard, “Works of Love” p. 64.) Continue reading →
Most of us have probably seen them on shows like “American Idol.” They are persons that did not have enough talent to sing at a birthday party, let alone sing before millions on national television. Often these unfortunate souls are devastated and humiliated when their “talent” is sometimes met with cruel derision for their arrogant self-conceit, or sometimes a more fortunate pity for their remarkable self-ignorance.
Either way, one must wonder how they came to this point of tragic consequence? Did none of their family or friends ever offer an honest appraisal of their talent? Did they ever ask for an appraisal? If they did were they given honest answers? Or was there an attempt at truth that was short circuited by one party or the other? The conclusion of the matter must be that for one or both there was a nearly complete indifference to the prudence of honesty and truthfulness, and the tragic consequence is not a joyous occasion. Continue reading →
“A song is like a dream, and you try to make it come true. They’re like strange countries that you have to enter.” (Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume 1, 165.)
In this post I do not offer an interpretation. Instead I merely present the song and a few comments from Mr. Dylan himself regarding how one particular dream “came true.” I also am writing this as a confession that the “interpretations” I offer on this blog must remain tentative, being subservient to the realities of artistic expression, in which there is a real sense in which artists themselves may not fully “know” their subject, let alone the “interpretation.” Continue reading →
Where people live in perfect peace
Where there is food on every plate
Where work is rewarded and rest is sweet
Where the color of your skin
Won’t get you in or keep you out
Where justice reigns and truth finally wins
Its hard fought war against fear and doubt Continue reading →