Music on Mondays (11-7-16)—You can be a point of light!

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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Tomorrow is voting in the States of America. Not sure I can call them United at this point.

Back around 2001 or so I was sitting in the yard with my wise old grandmother, her youngest two sons and their families, and my not-yet-husband-because-gays-couldn’t-get-married-he’s-now-my-husband, Jim.

We were in Riviera, Texas, about 12 miles south of Kingsville. Kingsville, my home town, is the halfway stopping point between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. It’s also the yay-we-made-it-across-the-border-with-our-cargo stopping point for drugs entering Texas from the south at Brownsville.

As our conversation turned to politics, Rodney, the oldest of the two sons, started condemning everyone who wasn’t white Anglo-Saxon Catholic. He used every curse word in the books as descriptive adjectives modifying every racial and ethnic epithet in the book. It was the last time I ever visited Kingsville or any of my family in Texas, including my wise old grandmother since she died in 2003. The younger son died in 2005 and Rodney died in 2007.

This person who goes by the proper name of Donald Trump (I have other names for him) could be Rodney re-incarnated. That’s why what comes out of Trump’s mouth only surprises me because he is the defacto leader right now of the Republican Party. He has given people like Rodney permission to come out of their yards and into the public, inciting hatred and violence and saying it’s okay. It’s so sad to see this in one of our (so-called) leaders, especially one who wants to be the leader of the free world.

Music is one way that I get through all days but especially the difficult days. Unfortunately, with this election season the difficult days are numerous.

Let’s explore then, some of the music that has been created over the decades about elections and voting. First up is my favorite,

“Vote for me!” by Joe Walsh.

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“Elected” by Alice Cooper

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“Campaigner” by Neil Young

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“Rise Up” by Sheryl Crow

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“Point of Light” by Randy Travis

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There’s a point when you cannot walk away
There’s a darkness that everyone must face
There are heroes whose names we never hear

When you have to stand up straight and tall and mean the words you say
It wants to take what’s good and fair and lay it all to waste
A dedicated army of quiet volunteers

There’s a point you must decide just to do it ’cause it’s right
And that darkness covers everything in sight
Reaching out to feed the hungry reaching out to save the land

That’s when you become a point of light
Until it meets a single point of light
Reaching out to their fellow men.

All it takes is a point of light a ray of hope in the darkest night.
If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right you will be a point of light.

There are dreamers who are making dreams come true
Taking time to teach the children there’s nothing they can’t do.
Giving shelter to the homeless giving hope to those without.
Isn’t that what this land’s all about.
One by one form the mountains to the sea points of light
Are calling out to you and me

All it takes is a point of light a ray of hope in the darkest night.
If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right
You will be a point of light

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This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

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3 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (11-7-16)—You can be a point of light!

  1. The Coastal Crone

    Yes, it is sad that Mr. T has made it OK for a presidential candidate to say these things and make it OK for everyone else who has held back to echo his vulgar voice. I will be voting for Hillary tomorrow in Texas.

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