What The World Needs Now Is…

These are strange fractured times. Like most conscious Americans under the age of 50,  I cannot remember another time where there was so much hostile division and interstitial distrust within this country. Much of this is undoubtedly due to the fragile psychology, wanton hubris, and lack of qualification of the current POTUS and the explosive, rending effect his election has had within the American fabric, but this was well on its way before November 2016, due in part to the ubiquity of social media and its replacing more traditional news outlets, creating an echo chamber where beliefs are unquestionably reified, and the distance between differing opinions loses all connection, until all that we see are the wide open chasms between us, and we clutch to those who feel exactly as we do, fuck the rest.

And yet, despite all the social divergence, the scariest things are utterly out of human control; acts of nature such as wildfires and hurricanes remind us all of the limitations of our power and ingenuity, and bring the limits of our humanity to bear, reminding us how much we need each other.

It is in this spirit that I offer this, a video of the ’80s Norwegian pseudo-New Wave pop group A-Ha performing their ultra-mega-popular bubblegum dance song, “Take On Me,” as an unplugged, plaintive piano cry for love. (How’s that for human arbitrariness?) And maybe that’s what we all need right now: a good cry. For does anything return us to our humanity and innocence quite like the compulsion to weep, sob, or bawl like the hardly evolved babies of the universe that we truly are?

TAKE ON ME by A-Ha

“We’re talking away
I don’t know what
I’m to say I’ll say it anyway
Today’s another day to find you
Shying away
I’ll be coming for your love, okay?
Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I’m odds and ends
I’ll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK
Say after me
It’s no better to be safe than sorry
Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it live or
Just to play my worries away
You’re all the things I’ve got to remember
You’re shying away
I’ll be coming for you anyway
Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day
I’ll be gone (take on me)
In a day”
Songwriters: Pal Waaktaar / Morten Harket / Magne Furuholmen
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Author: aetheroreblog

A family man, musician, writer, and raconteur prone to jags of logorrhea. Lover of vinyl records, books, movies, baseball, basketball, and beer.

One thought on “What The World Needs Now Is…”

  1. You have hit a chord with me in the first two lines.

    “These are strange fractured times. Like most conscious Americans under the age of 50,  I cannot remember another time where there was so much hostile division and interstitial distrust within this country. ”

    Well I’m over 60, and I do remember a time the government forced 18 year olds to die in Vietnam ! It divided Americans between what we called “establishment” and what they called us “hippies”. Hostile division was just as widespread, a nation divided as we witnessed four Ohio State students shot down and killed in cold blood, etc…
    We now have returned to a crazy time and it sucks. Hopefully peaceful protest will not turn into violence as history repeats itself. I feel things getting to that same point again. The whole situation makes me miss John Lennon, these “fractured times” you refer to seems a fry cry from ” give peace a chance”
    Thank you for sharing your great, heartfelt, and relevant writing. The reference to A-ha’s “Take me on” is perfect, enough to make an old hippy cry.

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