On the way back from errands yesterday….
taking a break from the right-wing radio meltdown following the Security State’s first major win in their nearly two-year war with Donald Trump (we bombed Syria in case you missed it….John McCain’s death-mask grin and Chuck “they’ve-got-six-ways-from-Sunday-of-getting-back-at-you” Schumer’s sad, sad capitulatory eyes told all the Establishment tales worth telling, their words being, as always, post-warning, irrelevant)….
I flipped over to the Classic Rock station….
Which, in the hunt for survival, no longer confines itself to Classic Rock…
And they play Blondie….”Heart of Glass” (not just Blondie, but disco Blondie)….and I think “I’ll just listen to see if they play the ‘pain in the ass’ version….
Which they did….
…and, as it winds down, I reach for the button, prepared to be let down, thinking Alex Jones in full freak-out will probably be better than what’s coming next…
But the dee-jay says the Who are next…and, of course, if the Who are next on a day like this one, it can only be this…
…(and I flash on my Godchild, circa 2005, saying “I thought the Republicans were supposed to change all this”….appropo of which betrayal I don’t recall…what I do remember is saying ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’…and then pointing to his parents (he was a he then) and saying, ‘they got their politics from Star Trek, I got mine from rock and roll, you’ll note which of us is never surprised’….and, for once, I get Daltrey’s final scream just right)
Which puts me in such a good mood, I’m prepared to put up with the Police, even though it’s not “Roxanne”….but instead the only song it can be, if it’s playing on a day like this one and it’s by the Police….
…from 1983…and, on a day like this one, I can’t help but finally get it.
I didn’t stay in the car to find out if Hot Chocolate’s “You Win Again” was up next.
Because, hey, I got my politics from rock and roll….so I can’t possibly get fooled again, no matter who “wins.”
Weird thing was, the song that really caught the vibe of the deadened air all around….
Was the first one.