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James Bond, Indie Rock, Gun Control and Newtown

I’ve done time in prison for being sensitive, so forgive me when I tell you that my much-anticipated viewing of “Skyfall” with my brother was excellent but fell short thanks to something I did not suspect: the carryover of emotion from the world of fact to cinematic fiction. Loved the characters and look of the movie, stomached the plot and felt oddly uncomfortable every time magazines of ammunition were unloaded in rapid-fire fashion. In other words, Newtown and Sandy Hook are hanging around in my mind, which brought to mind my former “career” (ha!) as a touring (true) musician (haha!).

One of my favorite songs my band wrote was in 2005 and was called “Sire Extinguisher,” which dealt with a then “in” topic on semi-automatic weaponry and the wars in which the country was then (and still is) involved. It came to mind today while watching fall-out from Wayne LaPierre of the NRA on “Meet The Press.” Presented without much else are the lyrics.

“Let this anchor cast our hearts onto the shore
as our mouths cry out for new regime,
‘Fall on your rifles.’
Where’s the poisoned apple,
as you wave your guns for show?

Fitting how we’re given all the tools we need
and still we have to lean on an old wall

Let this ad in Guns and Ammo
show a baby and an anvil.
I doubt she is malleable
but she hears us when we roar

Speak up for moms and dads
who will never see their sons.
Tyranny’s a broken home.
Dress for action like a man.
Terror needs a broken home.

So you’ve got a lot to say?
Well, i’ve got some time to listen…

Not a good answer.
Seldom do we fight for what’s right.

So you’ve got a lot to say?
Well, I’ve got a lot to tell you…

Tear your guns from your arms and your law
Let the dead recall when it stalled cold

Liberty, tear up the night, girl
Head for the hills
Fall on your rifles

If for some reason you’d like to listen to loud, loud, heavy music, here’s the song. It’s unhappy but makes me the opposite:


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REVIEW: “Wrecking Ball”

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ALBUM REVIEW: Brief Balladry For A Broad Street Bully

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