Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Song Spotlight: Ani Difranco "Your Next Bold Move"

While traveling for work today I was listening to Ani Difranco's new record "Red Letter Year" which just came out this week. Ani normally puts out a new record every year, but it's been two years since her last new one, so I'm excited to hear what she has in store for us in '08.

I've spent a lot of time, recently, reflecting on the situation we find ourselves in as a country in the last few weeks, which means grappling with some pretty huge clashes of ideas, values and political theory. No one has ever put this juxtaposition into words for me like Ani did on her '01 record "Revelling/Reckoning" which was her last pre-September 11th work. Most notably is the song "Your Next Bold Move" which features some lines that hit so close to home with me that it's kind of scary. Chief among them are "Watching capitalism gun down democracy" and "cause your surrounded by a worlds worth of things you just can't excuse" which I think paint a great picture of where we stand today. Take a read, then take a listen:

Coming of age during the plague of Reagan and Bush
Watching capitalism gun down democracy
it had this funny effect on me
I guess

I am cancer
I am HIV
And I'm down at the blue Jesus blue cross hospital
just lookin' up from my pillow feeling blessed

And the mighty multinationals
have monopolized the oxygen
so it's as easy as breathing
for us all to participate

Yes they're buying and selling off shares of air
and you know it's all around you
but it's hard to point and say "there"
So you just sit on your hands and quietly contemplate

Your next bold move
The next thing you're gonna have to prove
to yourself

What a waste of thumbs that are opposable
to make machines that are disposable
and sell them to seagulls flying in circles
around one big right wing

Yes, the left wing was broken long ago
by the slingshot of co-intel-pro
and now it's so hard to have faith in
anything

Especially your next bold move
or the next thing you're gonna have to prove
to yourself

You want to track each trickle back to it's source
And then scream up the faucet 'til your face is hoarse
Cause you're surrounded by a world's worth
of things you just can't excuse

But you've got the hard cough of a chain smoker
and you're at the arctic circle playing strip poker
and it's getting colder and colder
every time you lose

So go ahead
Make your next bold move
Tell us
what's the next thing you're gonna need to prove
to yourself

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