Monday, January 19, 2009

Renewing the land: Pete Seeger, Joy and Obama

Seeing joy in movies, TV and real life is one of my favorite things. There has been a dearth of joy in the last 8 years. The joy you can see in Pete Seeger's face singing "This land is your land" is the real thing.

There is a scene in the movie Excalibur when the king is healthy again and the land is renewed. I think of that scene because I think of how sick our land has been. I think of the people who encouraged the sickness. They are not going to shut up because they feel it is their job to stay true to the sickness that is movement Conservatism and the Bush policies. They don't get to enjoy this joy. It's not for them. I'm very happy. I'll spend some time enjoying the joy this week.

Watch it at HBO . Th HBO site crashed my Firefox, so I can't watch it there. I would love to show you just the Seeger video, but HBO is taking down the YouTube copies put up. The one above might still available or if HBO eventually figures out that people might want to see just parts of the concert on their site or in a browser other than Internet Explorer.

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Blogger Interrobang said...

You should never ever cite Excalibur as an example of anything. Why? I can sum it up in six words: "YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN ARMOUR!" The rest of the movie is about as historically and literarily accurate as the scene I mentioned...

1:26 PM  
Blogger spocko said...

You mean that Helen Mirren wasn't really witch? I'm shocked! Shocked!

And I suppose Excalibur didn't rise out of the lake either!

But that cool metal plated head piece that Merlin wore! That was the best!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Abel Undercity said...

This just in: Rocky Balboa is fictional and was never, EVER heavyweight champion of the world.

Oh, and Batman's not real, either. Just thought that bore mentioning. Shocking, I know...

7:33 PM  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Maybe ... you should let sleeping swords lie (or is it lay?).

11:38 PM  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Inauguration Day:

The civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam informed my political and moral consciousness. I was a child of the times. About 14 years old at the time, and against my parents wishes, I hitched to Washington DC to witness Dr. King’s famous speech. I wanted to be part of the movement … and part of the moment.

Today, two of my own children are in Washington DC to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama and bear witness to history. It makes me proud that they take an interest in our public life. It has been a long journey. Of all the memories I cherish, there are few more heartwarming and gratifying than this.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Sunil said...

This movie is about as historically and literarily accurate as pasts.


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1:44 AM  

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