I never had a favorite band — and I claimed not to like ‘angry’ music — until my jaw dropped at Gogol Bordello’s righteous indignation. I am angry! about
- seriousness and superficiality,
- how heartlessly the hardships of displacement or financial poverty are topped off with discrimination by those of us who suffer spiritual/developmental poverty.
‘Angry’ is not really the right word for Gogol Bordello, though: they are WAAAAAAY too much fun – deep fun. They call their intellectual yet plain-speak, utterly poetic shanty-rants “gypsy punk.” Whatever you call it, it’s my go-to, my medicine, whether I’m down or ecstatic. I now have a favorite kind of music, and it yells in NVC, cries over us/them separation, and soothes the soul:
The humor and self-conscious irony is apparent to those who know GB’s music.
What ‘war’ do you think is inherent in your or my own culture/language-use?
Please share in the comments!
- How might one point out separation and injustice without perpetuating it?
- What attitudes work best in awareness-raising, in your experience?
- How do you avoid making enemy images for ‘them’, cope with the pain of feeling separate, and expand ‘little us’ to include ‘All = Us’?