Monday, July 7, 2008

-- Ani DiFranco concert tonight

I was at work planning dinner in my head when I suddenly realized I had Ani DiFranco tickets -- for tonight! The entire day turned frenetic as we tried to make up for early senility by racing home to feed animals/selves before rushing out to make the long commute.

At the concert, all stress melted and I suddenly understood that if I had 6 months to live, I would just follow her around the country seeing her concerts and exploring. And I would die happy.

It's hard to explain but there is an accompanying aura of acceptance and peace at her concerts, where everyone can be themselves. Straight and gay couples looking relaxed, happy and affectionate, no one having to hide inside themselves. It's my idea of nirvana, people being nice to eachother.

Way to go, cell camera! Best blurry concert photo ever! Can't you totally see the band on stage rocking away? lol

I love the depth and strength of her lyrics, about how we should care about eachother's plight in this world, we should fight for justice and human rights. As Martin Luther King said, "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." Her lyrics speak of reaching out, like:
I know the biggest crime
is just to throw up your hands
say this has nothing to do with me
I just want to live as comfortably as i can
you got to look outside your eyes
you got to think outside your brain
you got to walk outside your life
to where the neighborhood changes

~Ani DiFranco, Willing to Fight

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