Connect! unite! act! Running up that hill

The song brought up the idea that we are challenged to understand each other. In Weird stuff, the song was used as a favorite to keep the evil beasts away. In movies and movies, it’s easy to see where the bad things exist: they exist in “The Upside Down” or “hell,” or wherever. They don’t often exist as regular neighbors. I think this is why there are several Alfred Hitchcock movies all these years later that have stayed with me for exactly that reason: it was a neighbor who just seemed to have something wrong.

If you look at the current American experience, especially this week with the ongoing investigation of the Jan. 6 commission, it’s easy to see how the troubles among us aren’t the wild-eyed, super-powered demons we see on screen in many movies. to see . Instead, the real threat to us is often one that is much more personal, immediate, and closer.

Kate Bush wasn’t the only singer-songwriter dealing with these kinds of themes.

In 1972 Loretta Lynn recorded ‘The Pill’, a controversial song that would not be released for three years – after the passage of Roe v. Wade† The song was about a woman who was unhappy with being pregnant year after year and finally had the ability to control her reproductive rights. Lynn had six children of her own — four before she was 20 years old — and the song, in which she had the credit of being a writer, seemed to reflect her experience.

Many country stations refused to play it, but the song itself was still popular and it didn’t hurt her career later on as she followed it up with successful albums and movie credits.

When Dolly Parton wrote “Down From Dover,” she took on a pretty difficult subject. A young woman discovers she is pregnant, but her boyfriend isn’t there. She waits, trying to hide the pregnancy, hoping her boyfriend will get home before she’s discovered. He doesn’t, and when she’s discovered, her family kicks her out of their lives.

My parents didn’t understand when they found out they sent me from home
My dad said if people found out he would be ashamed to ever show his face
My mother said I was a fool, she didn’t believe it when I told her

One of the biggest problems we face with the debate on women’s reproductive rights is that there are no ramps. Parton’s lyrics spoke of women being shunned and ostracized and ridiculed by their own families. Would ending abortion solve or make that problem worse? Given the outright attack on sex education in the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that the only answer for some is no answer at all, unless that answer is to carry out the attack on women.

We still have a long way to go before November. In so many ways we try to hold onto that energy in the face of an onslaught of the Republican desire to crush hope.

Are we going up that hill? Or can we run downhill to success?

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