We All Bleed Red


As you may know if you follow this blog regularly, my favorite kinds of music are rock/metal & classical.  However, I do still listen to country music from time to time.  In fact, I can honestly say there isn’t a single genre of music that I don’t like at least occasionally, the reason being that good lyrics can transcend any & all genre lines.music quote

In any case, while running some errands this morning I was listening to In This Moment’s steller 2014 album Black Widow.  When the eleventh song Natural Born Sinner came on, I was struck by how the song is so relevant to our world today with all of the polarization that is so rampant in light of recent world events.  I wrote a post a while ago about that song & how I feel it is so meaningful for those of us who support gay rights.  But as is the case with any truly great song, the lyrics can be applied to many different situations.  black widow ITM

Anyhow, as I thought about how important it is for each of us to not get caught up in the polarization that makes us view the world with an “us vs them” mentality, I was reminded of one of my favorite country songs, Bleed Red by Ronnie Dunn.bleed red 1

As my thoughts revolved around current world it events, it occurred to me, as it often has before, that while religion was theoretically created to inspire love & peace, quite often it is used for just the opposite purpose.  One can plainly see this in our world today.  Just to be clear, I’m not one of these naive social justice warriors who thinks everyone should just hold hands & sing Kum Ba Yah & that there aren’t some truly evil people in this world.  Of course there are.  We can see this quite plainly with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris & California & various other places across the globe.  terrorism words

However, I see nothing worthwhile to be gained from continuing with the “us vs them” mentality that so often rises up after such tragic events.  As much as I feel that these acts of terrorism can never be justified, I am also smart enough to realize that many of the actions the US has taken in the Middle East over the past few decades have done nothing but feed the fires of hate that fuel such attacks . . .us vs them

It’s also occurred to me recently that the US was quite literally founded on the basis of terrorism . . . or at the very least genocide.  Hello, what else can we rightly call the widespread destruction of the Native American people?  I’m by no means saying that their cultures were all 100% peaceful & perfect before the Europeans entered the continent. But the manner in which these people were treated for hundreds of years cannot possibly be considered humane in any way, shape, or form.  I don’t see how we can overlook the similarity between the systematic destruction of the Native Americans, fueled largely by racism & religion, & current terrorist events which are likewise fueled largely by racism & religion.all bleed red

Anyhow, allow me to return to the song which inspired this post.  I think it would behoove each of us to read these lyrics & take them to heart.

Let's say we're sorry
Before it's too late
Give forgiveness a chance
Let the anger turn to water
Let it slip through our hands

We all bleed red
We all taste rain
We all fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

If we're fighting
We're both losing
We're just wasting our time
Because my scars
They are your scars
And your world is mine
You & I . . .

We all bleed red
We all taste rain
All fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

Sometimes we're strong
Sometimes we're weak
Sometimes we're hurt
And it cuts deep
We live this life 
Breath to breath
We're all the same
We all bleed red

Let's say we're sorry
Before it's too late

We all bleed red
All taste rain
All fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

Sometimes we're strong
Sometimes we're weak
Sometimes we're hurt
And it cuts deep
We live this life 
Breath to breath
We're all the same
We all bleed red

 

This song was released 4 years ago but the power of the lyrics is timeless, which of course is the mark of a truly great song.  To many people, music is just disposable, something to listen to to make them feel good for a few minutes & then to throw away the minute the next mindless hit comes along.  Such a mentality towards music angers me to no end because to me music is my religion, my way of life.  It’s the very force that empowers me to face an often chaotic & seemingly uncaring world.fear

 

Anyhow, the next time you’re tempted to allow fear to overcome you & thus hate to enter your heart, I hope you’ll remember we all bleed red.

Who Taught You How to Hate?


With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris & the multiple threats of similar attacks throughout Europe, I feel compelled to share a song which could not possibly be more relevant right now.  The song is entitled Who Taught You How to Hate? off of the new Disturbed album which debuted just a few months ago.  If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll get a chance to read about the entire album in the next few weeks, as it will definitely be on my annual best albums post.

If you’re not familiar with Disturbed, they are a heavy metal band based out of Chicago.  The lead singer & lyricist David Draiman is Jewish (although he is no longer religiously Jewish). david_draiman

This song is so powerful because the lyrics speak to everyone, regardless of race/ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.  And that is exactly why I feel it is so timely right now.  I am not saying I am sympathetic to ISIS or the associated terrorists; of course not.  But I do think it would behoove us to remember that the people who become part of these types of radical groups were quite literally taught how to hate.  None of us, regardless of race, nationality, or religious affiliation, is born hating those who are different than us.  That mentality is a learned behavior.  (Which theoretically means it can be unlearned as well . . .)  Therefore it is imperative that we remember that any religion or philosophical belief can be taken to a fundamentalist/radical extreme that becomes dangerous, & thus we should be careful not to vilify an entire group based on the sins of a radical minority.diverse kids

Please read the lyrics below & click here to listen to this truly powerful song.

 I hear the voices echoing around me
Angered eyes that don’t even know who I am
Looking to kill again (They will kill again)
As the unknown enemies surround me
Wicked laughter resonates inside my head
And I am filled with dread (And adrenaline)
What did I do? Why do I deserve this?
So we’re different,
why do I deserve to die now?
Give my a reason why?

Then it all goes a blur
Let instinct take flight
Find my hands on his throat
Yet hear myself say

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
Dead to everyone

A father’s pride, my son walking beside me
I look around and marvel how the children play
In perfect disarray (So innocent)
No judgement, pure exhilaration
Black to white, the colors aren’t on their minds
Nothing predefined (All different)
There’s always one who plants an evil seed and
Preaches fear to pull you to the other side
Into a world of lies

Everything is unsure when you’ve lost your sight
Can there still be a cure?
What made you this way?

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
Dead to everyone

(You’re not anyone)
Oh

Lost all innocence
Infected and arrogant
You burn all your life
(There’s no telling you)
No deliverance
Consumed by the pestilence
Of hate, you’re denied
Deep in your heart does it still remain?
Do you think you can bring it
Back to life again?
Is it still in your soul?
(No saving you)
Where’s the deviant
The unholy revenant
That has made you this way?
Made you fall for this hate

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
(You become)

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
(You become)
Dead to everyone
(You’re not anyone)peace quote

I’m not trying to answer any huge political or philosophical questions with this post.  But I feel like this song is just way too powerful not to share during this time of crisis throughout our world.

I’ll end this post with another powerful quote that I think we would also do well to remember at this point in time.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche