I was able to catch up on the Rock and Roll HoF nominees while at the airport yesterday. Janet Jackson’s plea last year to increase diversity seems to have been heard, a little. While working through a podcast covering the nominees and projections for who’s in, who’s in first ballot (Biggie), I found few surprises. But I was surprised when the conversation turned to Dave Matthews Band.
How could their be any doubt?
You may not like them. But that’s music. This is the Hall of Fame and they are one of the oat consistently successful and famous bands of my lifetime. Sales. Tours. Memorable songs.
And then they played this. And I haven’t stopped singing it for what’s now 27 hours. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for the list below. But tonight, I’m singing American Baby until my eyelids droop to close.
Do you remember when this song was written? Why it was written?
Feels kinda relevant today in the US to me.
“Matthews wrote this song the day after George W. Bush won re-election for US president in 2004. Matthews did not support Bush, and was encouraging others with his views not to give up hope. He told Rolling Stone: “The inspiration to that song, in part, is that we shouldn’t lose sight of ourselves or of what makes this country great while we’re fighting over how to defend it.”
“I’m very much in love with this country,” Matthews, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, added. “I certainly consider myself liberal, which to me just means that I want to embrace the differences between people, as well as the similarities, because I think that’s what makes us spectacular. America has a lot of bitter past and a lot of suffering in a short period of time. It’s got a lot of young ghosts and still-open wounds, but there’s a magic in America that I love, and that’s one of the reasons I feel so strongly about speaking my mind. I’ll fight in my way for America.”
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You are…my dude. My two year old dude. You are clumsy as sin. You are stubborn as hell. You are defiant as humanly possible. And you also have the most incredible laugh, give the most sincere hugs and kisses, have a social awareness that most people never find, and have drunk strength constantly.
You are beloved everywhere you go because that smile (and that hair) and that list for life is inspiring. I’ve heard that your personality is defined and well in hand by age 2. If so, I’m as proud as I can possibly be mostly because I couldn’t be prouder.
You’re my dude. As time moves on I get How this father/son thing goes. You will never copy me. You will react to me. You will see things I do and find ways to do them better. You will see things I do poorly and chart your own course.
But my dude, there are things I do that you’ll never know or see. You’ll only hear about. Those complete the story. Because those happen after the fact. When you can’t react; you can only.
I’m on it. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful that you carry his name, Jaanu. In your smile, in all your traits, I see his spirit. God bless you, my dude. Thanks for carrying that forward.
Happy holidays folks. Hope you appreciate all you have that’s under your nose, with the freshest of eyes. Appreciation is infinite, no matter how high you raise the bar … there simply isn’t a ceiling. Give it a shot?
#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for the holidays, fam time, friend time, and my soundtrack for the next 10 days (at least). Thanks for the intro, NPR.
I haven’t spent much time thinking about Barbie, though I am sure a time is coming. Yesterday I heard about this specifically on NPR while also hearing Ibtihaj’s interview. Worth the listen.
The fact that she’s a Duke grad is so many cherries on top. But honestly, a wonderful woman to be featured as a hero because of all she embodies and represents. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful to Mari Kuraishi for sharing this story in her feed as a reminder to me to pass it forward.
I need a moment to breathe here and collect my thoughts. HOLY &%*#! WHERE’S MY YOUTUBE RED SUBSCRIPTION??
Some friends and I from Duke have a single, continuous email thread on KK running from as far back as I believe, 2006. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for a group of friends like you all who recognize true brilliance and art performed at the highest level.
Let the chatter on this one begin, folks! Thanks to Shakeel Rangrez for sharing this.
SRK: A perfect TED talk. Aspiring for humanity’s potential and desired outcomes come of pure unadulterated self-obsession. I dig this story. And I dig…the storytelling. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful that they finally released it a few days ago. After weeks of reading about it, I was hoping it would live up to the hype. And it did. Highly recommended.