There’s a lot of bad things happening in a lot of different places, and as many bad people. Why do they do these things? What makes you and me different from them? Violence. It’s a difficult subject to think about. Easy to remember, whether you’ve experienced it or you’ve watched it, but difficult to really contemplate.
Bob Dylan has a song you might have heard, Masters of War. It’s been covered by a bunch of different musicians, and with good reason. I covered the song because I think it does a good job of stimulating the listener’s imaginative processes, and I think some of the themes can be applied to contemporary issues that humans bring upon themselves. It’s one of those pieces that will be relevant for as long as humans are hostile towards each other, which will probably be for a while. I don’t listen to Dylan on a regular basis but this song is fun to play and reminds me of why I’m happy to be an artist. Here’s a version of the song that I find pleasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnclQfanV7I
What do you think he’s trying to say? Just listen to the song, or listen to my version of it, available here: https://soundcloud.com/andrew-wayne-train/cover-masters-of-war Why would he write that song, why might I be deciding to learn it right now? You might find some interesting stuff, I do.
When I sing this song, I silently address it to anyone looking to gain any kind of power. That’s a broad audience, sure. But I’m sorry, I lump power-seekers together. I don’t eat meat because I don’t condone the slaughter of animals, let alone the way animals are being slaughtered in this society. I don’t smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol because I don’t believe in supporting those power-seekers either. I choose to live this way because I feel that it is the only way that I can definitively make some kind of immediate difference. I don’t conspire against governments in my free time, I don’t add hate, or I try not to. I do try to think of ways to make it better for all of us and I hope you all do that too.
I’m interested to know what this song makes you think about.