Remember my list from a few days ago of things that people say/imply that make me twitch?
Another one is "We could solve so many of the world's problems if we just got rid of the guns." At her concert tonight, Christine Lavin performed a song that Cheryl Wheeler wrote. Before she played it she quoted someone whose name i've forgotten as saying "It's very hard to write a good political song, but very easy to write a bad one" and stated that Cheryl had written a very good one. Most of the song is a long list of "Maybe it's..." with some good lines like "Maybe it's the Bible, maybe it's the lack." The punch at the end is something like "All I know is if it were me in charge, I would get rid of the guns." My immediate reaction was a flash to Glassner's "IT'S THE GUNS, STUPID" and how that made me twitch/cringe. Then i could hear my father's voice saying "That's such a pat answer. And what does it do? You can't get rid of all the guns, so even if it would solve the problems it's not an option." I was just very frustrated.
Mostly the concert was good. She played "What Was I Thinking?" (with a new final verse about Martha Stewart -- "What was she thinking? She's already rich. This just goes to show that she's a -- greedy person."), "Planet X," "Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind" ("I am at the opera. I don't like the opera. But he loves the opera. And I love him."), "Harrison Ford," and other songs i didn't know that weren't so good, that seemed more like narratives with guitar in the background. There was overuse of her magic machine that repeats her singing, too much holiday medley, but she did the glowy baton twirling at the end which i had been hoping she would do. :) I don't at all regret going.
On the way back it began to sink in just how much work i have to do by this Tuesday and by this Friday. I am so screwed.