I finally got around to watching Wednesday night’s American Idol. Buddy and I don’t really FOLLOW it, but we’re both huge music buffs (I’ve played piano for 15 years and clarinet for almost 11; he was in choir and show choir from the 6th grade all the way through the Academy) so we think it’s fun to watch other people perform, especially since most of these are my baby sister’s age (crazy). Scotty sang “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley (the lyrics are at the bottom of this post in case you haven’t heard it before… you should definitely look it up). First of all, let me just say, the kid has a VOICE. Ridiculous. But it sort of hit me hard last night while we were watching it. Not in a bad way, but in a “Geez I hope this Osama bin Laden stuff sticks around and actually keeps some support for our troops for a while” kind of way.
It always amazes me how short of a memory Americans tend to have. It really makes me sad that a year after 9-11, people stopped supporting our troops. You don’t have to agree with the war (I have my days, too), but you do have to support our troops. They’re over there because their Commander-in-Chief told them to and because they agreed to do what he says in order to keep us all safe. Not all of them agree with the war; most of them would rather be at home with their families. But they’re there because they love you and me and want a better future for our children. How anyone can NOT support that, I’ll never understand. I think Scotty singing the song was mostly because of the Osama bin Laden stuff that’s going on, but I do think that it needs to be played on radio stations and TV more often.
Music has such a huge power over people. It can pull out emotions you never knew you had. It can vividly remind you of a time or place in your life. It can bring people together in a way almost nothing else can. You don’t have to be talented to appreciate the lyrics or sounds in a piece of music. Pieces that were written 250 years ago are still affecting people today; pieces that are written today will still be affecting people 250 years from now. That’s the beauty of it. It affects the listener as much as it does the musician, and it does so across time and space.