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The words we don't really know or undertand

Roy: I want to thank you for playing a song I had never heard, by an artist I never knew existed, and by doing so, starting my day off just about right.
Todd Snider's "The Ballad of the Kingsmen" made me think of what radio could be, but isn't, and probably never was, at least not in my memory. A song about words that we think we understand, but don't understand. A song that shows us that we fall into a trap of believing that those misunderstood words shape our beliefs and our actions and our world, when the reality is that the words, and the meaning of the words is the outcome, not the input.
It isn't rock, or country, or thrash metal, or hip-hop, or rap that shapes our world. The reality seems to be that it is our world that shapes our actions, our actions that shape our beliefs, and our beliefs that shape our words and the words of others.  I suspect that each of us at one time or another has blamed some problem on the words without understanding the context, the meaning (or the lack of meaning), behind those words.
There are plenty of folks that could benefit from listening to, and understanding, "The Ballad of the Kingsman." Understand that it is a song about the power of words, whether spoken, sung, printed, or shouted from the podium. Words tell the story of life, love, conflict, peace, hope.  It isn't that our existence is derived from our words, but that our words spring from our experiences in life.
To Todd Snider: for a certain group of us, who think we know the words, your song is beautiful and humbling reminder of all those words that we don't really know or undertand.

Discussion started by Jeffrey Martin , on 1168 days ago
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Roy Kasten
Hi Jeffrey.

What a great idea for a discussion, and I'd love to hear what other people think. Thanks for the kind words and thoughtful topic.

I think music and songs and words can shape our world, but not in the ways that the uptight ear-sniffers targeted by Snider think. They can change the world but they can't make the world, or individuals, do their bidding -- as if songs even have intentions of bidding -- in a vacuum. You are so right that songs spring from our experience in life -- and ultimately, not the other way around.

One of the most wonderful things about being involved with KDHX -- whether as a DJ, Web Editor or just regular listener -- is the constant discovery, not just of new music, but of good music, great songs, sounds and stories that leave an impression. I'm glad that I could share some of that with you this morning.

Roy
1167 days ago
 

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