Monday, February 06, 2006

Kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight
--- Barenaked Ladies, "Lovers In a Dangerous Time"

That song was written by Bruce Cockburn, but I only know the Ladies' version. In this time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need, I tell myself to take solace in these lines and the message behind them. Another line in the song that I find particularly resonant is "Spirits open to the thrust of grace / Never a breath you can afford to waste." I like it for the same reason I love "The city's burning, it's not my burden" and "It's not over till you're underground" from Green Day's sublime "Letterbomb."

Over the weekend, I left my phone untouched on my dresser. I got not a single call.

Yesterday I tasted a fruit lambic for the first time. Amazing --- a beer I actually like! Yes, it's fruit beer, but it's still beer. Today I am a man.

In Reading I, first we split into groups and talked about Cambourne's Conditions of Literacy Learning. It's an interesting approach, treating oral and written language development as basically parallel. After that, we talked a bit about reading aloud. Since I've read children's books aloud more or less daily for the past four years and more, this was fairly boring to me.


GeeBee and Tomo said...

If you like the song, listen to the original version. BNL have talent but they simply can't do justice to the heavy folk music Cockburn cranks out.

After Bono made a billion, he decided he was going to save the world, but Cockburn has dedicated his music to his causes for his entire career.

No, I'm not a devoted fan. I don't even own a CD of his. I just have a lot of respect for the man and his music.

daveawayfromhome said...

I am a fan, and have CDs and LPs of his music. Cockburn is an exceptional musician, and has never sold out. Of course, he's never really had the chance to that Bono did, but it still counts for something.