Sunday, September 07, 2008

Old rock; new star

I have to do it. This Sunday's musical interlude is in honor of the killah from Wasilla ... the Barracuda .... Sarah America. So here is Fleetwood Mac's "Sara" - a song I have always loved. (Nothing to do with Palin. I have always thought that, had God ever blessed me with a daughter, that's what I would have wanted to name her.)

Palin is a feminist who doesn't think that there is anything the matter with Kansas. An early archetype was Jeannie C. Riley, whose biggest hit was Harper Valley PTA (although I could have given you "Okie from Muskogee.")

Much of the rancor over Palin is because she is pro-life. Here are two fantastic pro-life songs by women who I suspect are pro-choice. But, then, I subscribe to the rule of shut and sing. You invoke emotions. It doesn't mean you understand them.

First, the Pretenders' "Show Me." This song came out the year that my son was born and I was struck then by the line "the milky way is still in your eyes." I just welcomed my second grandson into the world. It's so true.

And, although I know I've done it before, Tori Amos' "Spark" - a song about a miscarriage.

And just because I can (and I know the lyrics don't convey the right message but, quite frankly, who pays that much attention?), "Barracuda." The Wilson sisters know where I am.

Update: But the lyrics may be more pertinent than I thought. "If the real thing don't do the trick, you better make up something quick" certainly describes what happened to Sarah Palin last week.


Anonymous said...

Barracuda ... that's one exciting piece of rock. Keep 'em coming!

William Tyroler said...

Palin is a feminist who doesn't think that there is anything the matter with Kansas.

This is either what the Dems don't get, or else they do and the realization has a paralyzing effect on formulating a response. They'll certainly have to do better than the intrinsically sexist argument that a mother doesn't belong in the workplace (as some, notably Sally Quinn, argue). The related idea, advanced by our very own Lt. Gov. of all people, that Palin is too "fragile" seems especially silly.

If there is one thing that, to this point anyway, ought not be doubted, it is Palin's demonstrable toughness:

She assured them she would not take much time off: she had returned to work the day after giving birth to Piper. “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at the same time,” she said, “I’d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.”