The Sage on Democracy

Woke up to scenes from some movies. No? They’re actual news headlines??

Remembered Leonard Cohen’s Democracy.

It’s coming to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst
It’s here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst
It’s here the family’s broken
And it’s here the lonely say
That the heart has got to open
In a fundamental way
Democracy is coming to the USA


Clay Pigeons

Several conversations today have me thinking of the lyrics to this song.  Being holed up in our homes, it appears, is not a particularly good place to be. The soft silent voice in the still of our own beings is drowned out by the cacophony of the opinions we ask of everyone else.

John Prine’s passing has affected me in a way I don’t understand. I didn’t know the  man personally. Heck, I didn’t even discover his music until just a few years ago. 

Clay Pigeons wasn’t one of John’s original songs but I heard this version of Blaze Foley’s composition, so I’ve credited it to him here.

Life in semi-enforced lockdown, weekend 1

Like in most Aussie households, Saturday’s in hours are Dad’s Taxi days. Ferrying the youngsters around to their music one-on-one & group lessons. It’s bonding time, both quality & quantity, when I’ve barely been home the rest of the week.

Not so this weekend. The conservatorium has sensibly chosen to either cancel lessons or take them online. It’s learning time for everyone – how do teach & learn music virtually. 

Both the 1:1 lesson & the group lesson have been done online. And in style. The kids adapted like ducks to water. It wasn’t perfect, sure. Asymmetric data transfer meant that there was lag. And lag means irregular rhythm. It didnt’ faze the kids who had a ball. The tutors had fun too. And interestingly, the whole family was around watching the kids orchestra have fun. I’m sure it was the same in every household too.

Telecommunication is quintessential at this time of isolation. Maybe we do miss the human touch, the spontaneous connections when we’re mobile.  Many others are quite easily done using technology. Like today’s music lesson.