November 2008


In the spirit of Andrew Sullivan’s blog, I give you the view from my Join the Impact protest (against Prop 8/for gay marriage), New York City, 11/15/08:

The crowd in the beautiful sun.

The crowd in the beautiful sun.

A sign waxing on current events.

A sign waxing on current events.

My favorite sign of the day

My favorite sign of the day

All pictures courtesy of yours truly. I’m not sure there are any words that could sum up my feeling of comradery with my fellow citizens.

Perhaps a piece of poetry to follow…

This is one of the least offensive opinions I’ve read from a person who does not share the same political beliefs as I do. I encourage discussion/dialogue on this post:

http://littlecog.com/2008/11/12/an-opinion-on-gay-marriage-rights/

Thank you for writing, Little Cog.

I have found it is natural for most artists to wax about other mediums. In my case, I am most taken by film and music. Since I have already shared one film post, I thought it was time to share some music.

Unfortunately, due to my WordPress space limitations, I cannot upload the actual song for you which is a damn shame because the true appreciation of this piece does not come from the lyrics alone. They’re relatively simplistic – “Ooh sweet lover, I got lost, I’ve got to get back home…” but when set to the striking, almost clashing guitars and the ethereal-haunting operatic female back up singer, the song really takes off.

Sometimes when I listen to it I feel like I’m in church – the kind of church where people would fully disclose their sins, specifically. People would probably openly weep and hold each in other in the pews. I would even accept someone being overcome by the image of Jesus in a frankincense holder and fainting. So this would be a Catholic church – that’s what I default to, I guess.

Simultaneously, I could see couples having extremely intense sex off to the side somewhere, almost like a kind of prayer to God. A religious and sexual (aren’t they almost the same thing sometimes?) ecstasy.

SIDENOTE: I went on a wild goose chase search for an appropriate religious/sexual ecstasy image and came up empty handed. Nothing fit exactly what I had in mind. Too bad I can’t paint or draw…

U2’s “With or Without You” video is probably a good visual representation of “Lost.” Thematically, they are very similar so the connection makes sense. The video is black and white, very head-thrown-back in throes of passion.

So, that’s my musical recommendation for the week. I hope to update with some more captivating lyrics soon.

As the Phillies clinched the World Series title, I had a thought:

If a team who had been on losing streak for the last 28 years could finally break through, could Barack Obama winning the election be that far behind?

Photo credit: NY Times

Maybe I’m  jinxing his chances by writing this so close to November 4, but at this point, I really do believe the die has been cast. I think we’re either going to rise up as one and pledge to make some serious changes.  Or, somehow – and God knows I cannot understand how or why – those of us who have been fighting to get our country back will be defeated by those who want to run us into the ground.

I have to believe, though, that love will triumph over hate, integrity over corruption, progressive thinking over the status quo, passion over complacency.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. I have never been so afraid for the fate of the country-at-large, but also for myself. I am convinced that if the rule doesn’t change fast, it will be dire consequences for what I hope to accomplish in my life, not to mention just buying groceries next week.

But if the Phillies’ victory is any indication of what’s to come, we’ll all soon ban together and usher in a new era of American – and world – politics. We will see ourselves through the last of the darkest hour and into the dawn…