September 21 (today) is international peace day. Which seems like a good thing to promote. (peace be with you, and also with you, etc…)
The Conversation ran a piece about peace today that put a lie to the idea that music is a universal language of peace. They presented a bunch of valid examples of music being used to support those agents of division and war that all right thinking people despise. While it is true that some scumbags have hijacked the noisiest artform in the name of evil, most of us earthlings recognise it as a language that crosses borders and political lines.
Of course, a great way to counter all that nasty hatred and division is to get out yer uke and sing some songs of peace love and understanding (what’s so funny ’bout that?). So with that in mind, here’s four songs that might be fun to run through tonight.
Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel
Here is a great anti war pop song from 1980, a time when it seemed that our leaders were thoughtlessly and childishly driving us towards a nuclear oblivion. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a time when all that is relegated to the past…
Daydream by The Lovin Spoonful
Is it playing the ostrich to want to take a walk and forget about it all for a while. This song celebrates the power of positive thinking, and we could sure use some of that, eh?
What’s So Funny ’bout Peace Love & Understanding?
We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger
As Brian Cox tells us, things can only get better. As Bill Gates tells us, things are getting better and despite what you may have heard about entropy being a measurement of disorder, that’s just another word for diversity, which is a great thing. The opposite of entropy is homogeneousness, one state thinking and all that conformist nonsense. Eventually, of course, all that old gobbledygook gets washed away…
I’ll get off my soap box now. back to your ukes.