I watched every episode of an American prison drama called 'Oz'. It was harsh and depressing and brutal and in all honesty I loved it.
I think its some of the best television ever filmed.
I recognise that is a seriously ridiculous thing to state when so many shows have been filmed and how the hell can you compare 'Doctor Who' to 'Oz' or 'Dexter' or 'M*a*s*h' ? You just can't. The genres dictate how brave, confrontational and even upsetting the episodes can be and yet I stick to my guns. This is pure television Diamond! Gold is for good shows, even great shows, but Diamond? Its A super stamp!
No, you haven't tuned in on the wrong day; this is Music Monday, but today I became aware of a cowardly attack on someone I know and like and presumably Revenge was the motive. So here we are. Looking for revenge in revenge? NO! We are here to show people that we are better than their attacks and their petty little snipes at us.
Fuck em! Its jealousy and its bitterness and you know what? Its small.
Lets rise above revenge and negative arseholes and catch a ride on some majestic tunes; music to make the soul soar so that when we look down and see the blacken souls of our detractors we know we have touched the sky while they are still rolling in the dirt.
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Simon and Garfunkel
A HOBBITS UNDERSTANDING (Frodo and Sam's theme) by Howard Shore
An odd choice? No. Lord Of The Rings is a story of epic battles and a world conflict, where wizards throw spells and warriors clash swords, and yet its also about how the smallest of people armed with hope, bravery and brotherly love can move mountains.
For me Sam and Frodo are the real heroes, forging their way through the world of horror, loss, pain and danger out of hope for a better future, free of evil. Its long, its amazing and it makes me fill with that warm fuzzy hope that there is not only amazing people doing amazing things out there but that they are doing it against amazing odds.
SHINNY HAPPY PEOPLE by REM
Another odd one but we have to remember that being there for each other isn't just for when all is shitty. Nope, the world is full of shinny happy people that make our lives awesome. The arseholes get to be on the news but the day to day gems get to rest in our hearts.
HAND IN MY POCKET by Alanis Morissette
This song always makes me smile, always makes me feel relaxed, reminds me that I am the master of my own emotions and reactions to negativity. That I can take it on the chin because even though I have plenty of things that warrant criticism I also have a vast amount of awesomeness too, that more-often-than-not cancels the bad out.
and finally we have a song that should stir the good, loving feelings in anyone and lift them above their petty negativity and bring them to see we all live on this same sweet Earth, all have good and bad in us and that it only takes choosing to look for the good to be able to see that this is indeed...A Wonderful World
My version of the truth is that this is indeed a wonderful world, filled with wonderful people and you know, when you come into contact with the ones the are intent on spreading their own brand of bitterness you have the choice to make. Do you become one of their disciples and pass that shitty vibe on to the next person that crosses your path or do you just look around, say 'fuck it' and walk away?
In the end you probably do yourself the greater favour by taking the higher ground whenever you can.
Slightly preaching tonight, slightly weird and perhaps slightly disjointed. Sorry folks, but that's the funny thing with these emotions and situations. It's never simple.
Hope you enjoyed the tracks and the words. See you next week.