Fragile

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Fragile

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one

Drying in the color of the evening sun

Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay

Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could

For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

 

 

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, aka, Sting, is discernibly one of the most diverse musicians of his time. Perhaps that is just my opinion, as I have been a fan since The Police burst on the scene with their unique mixture of punk-influenced and reggae rock/pop sound.

They were together from 1977 to 1986, however in 1985, Sting embarked on a solo career that is still very prominent today. He has gone on to do everything from jazz, to composing a Broadway show (The Last Ship), to performing with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, to constructing a classical album (Songs from the Labyrinth) with an instrument called a lute, which some have documented as far back as 3000 years. Needless to say, I don’t believe there is a genre of music he could not master.

That being said, his second solo effort, Nothing Like the Sun, was released over 30 years ago, on October 13, 1987. It was praised by critics, received four Grammy nominations, and was on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 best Albums of the Eighties”.

The record was an impressive fuse of all the different kinds of music he had recorded up until that time.The sixth track on the album, “Fragile” was a notably exquisite and haunting song. The lyric, “That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could”, is meaningful NOW more than ever! It was inspired by an American Peace Corps volunteer named Ben Linder, who was murdered by a guerrilla force in Nicaragua called the Contras.

It is a simple but crucial reminder that we are mere humans; delicate no matter what or who we are and have achieved in life. Some people seem to forget that, and sometimes that can be a recipe for a lot of difficulty or worse.

In addition to Sting’s striking lyrics, his guitar playing, I find, is genteel and elegant. If you know anything about Sting, you know he is a bass player, and not lead guitar. However, on this song, especially in the video, pardon the cliché, it’s as if he and the guitar are one.

Since the human condition is, well, universal, the song has become the articulation for many causes. It had a resurgence in popularity after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The country was brutally reminded how fragile we are, and obviously some found consolation in music, and this song.

Sting performed on November 12, 2016 at the Bataclan in Paris. It was almost a year to the day of the terrorist attack that killed 90 people. He fittingly opened his show with “Fragile”.

He was quoted as telling NPR’s Michel Martin, “I wrote the song in the 80’s, I think. But every time something happens, it seems an appropriate song to play on the radio”.

While this is truthful, I wish we lived in a world where “every time” hadn’t become so commonplace.

In the meantime, let’s hope all those born beneath an angry star, somehow find their way to peace.

 

Give this stunning song a listen. I hope you enjoy it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB6a-iD6ZOY

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