As y'all know, I'm a Sconnie girl. And as many of you also probably know, there is some insanity going down in my state right now. (If you're unaware, check out CNN.com. Or even your local news. I heard we were featured on the local news in Vegas, so...)
For the most part, I have refused to take sides in this situation. I try to remain fairly a-political in most situations these days, as it helps me keep what little bit of sanity I may have. Plus, my hubby is political-minded enough for the both of us (and potentially a small country... Love you, hubby!).
This situation is ripping us apart. I have friends who are essentially disowning other friends because of their views or opinions on this. I have other friends who will let you say whatever you want as long as it supports their cause, but aren't willing to listen at all to the other side. In fact, everyone just seems to be attacking those who oppose them without even a second thought.
In my opinion, if you want to be taken seriously and be respected, you need to do the same to others. Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't make them a bad person or doesn't mean you can't respect one another, does it?
At this point, I am at a loss for words. Sometimes, though, words aren't needed. So, here are a few wonderful "wordless" songs for this Friday.
1) Mason Williams - "Classical Gas" This is probably my favorite instrumental song of all time. Also, it's rather fitting for this post. Simpsons fans out there might remember an episode where the the plant employees go on strike ("Dental plan. Lisa needs braces! Dental plan. Lisa needs braces!"). While they're picketing, Lisa is there playing guitar and singing a song for the protesters. When she has finished, Lenny (I believe) says, "Now do 'Classical Gas'!" at which point Lisa starts in on this epic song. Awesome.
2) Booker T & the MGs - "Green Onions" Another wonderful gem from the '60s. Many people probably recognize this song, but had no idea who performed it OR what it's called. (It happens. I mean, do you know how long it took me to realize that "stop children what's that sound" was actually called "For What It's Worth"?) Anywhoozles, this is a pretty awesome song, especially for an instrumental.
3) The Surfaris - "Wipe Out" Okay, so technically this isn't completely wordless, since they cackle and say, "Wiiiiiipe Ouuuuut" at the beginning and all, but this is still considered an instrumental and is still totally awesome. Also, The Muppets did their own video for it, so how can you not love it?
4) Champs - "Tequila" Again, there's one word in this song, but who cares? Don't you just love being somewhere when this song is playing and everyone stops what they're saying or doing to yell, "Tequila!" at the same time? Pretty sweet if you ask me. Bringing people together a few syllables at a time.
5) David Rose - "The Stripper" If nothing else, this song just makes me smile and want to dance around pretending (PRETENDING) to strip. It also makes me want to watch "The Full Monty" but that's beside the point. The point is that this is a highly recognizable song with no lyrics. Excellent.
Here's hoping everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! :-) Cheers!