synchronous shoulders dip legally glued and blue stained
an eel is on the crack looking like sidewalks black tar
that flag aint a flag its a bag soaked in kerosene
a minister is minstering at no one inparticular
saying learning to stare was the best lesson of all
and this shadow of Tom Jones won't leave him alone
Slipkids tired on the way in that bus all alone
one will see his real mom again
and make her the woman she wanted to be
and I'll stare and I'll stare and I'll stare
An early festivus present arrived this week in the form of Tom Waits' Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. I wrote about it and an interview he did with the Guardian UK in an earlier post on DAGGER News but that was before it was released. I have now had the pleasure of listening to it a few times and would like to write about just one of the masterpieces in this collection.
Road to Peace
Track 10 on Disc 1 Brawlers
With a Dylanesque arrangement in the background Tom delivers you from the front page of the NYTimes to a war torn village in the Middle East and lets you stand amongst the chaos. His voice is hauntingly soothing like a lullabye from beyond the grave. The bass is full and bouncy which belies the story being told. The lyrics reveal the man beneath the persona. They reveal a wise and learned man with twinges of empathy for the used and downtrodden. His delivery of the lyrics is nothing less than masterful. This is a man who has studied everything about us, how we talk, walk, stagger, and yes how we die.
It is said that a few years after the turn of the century there is always an amazing artistic awakening in man. Perhaps this is the spark that lights the flame for this generation's awakening I do not know. What I do know is that Road to Peace will teach you a few things about yourself and the world we currently live in.
Matt Singer at CampusProgress.org takes a look at how America treats American workers when it comes to healthcare. He includes many facts that perhaps you are not aware of and questions the way things are currently being done.
Unlike our counterparts in most developed nations, American workers are not allowed to get sick. Many American workers, especially the middle-class and working-class, have no paid sick days under their employment policies, because they are not mandated by law.
How do you feel about the way your company handles things when you are too sick to work? Perhaps you'd like to share your own experiences in the comments.
Daulton, over on Kos, pointed out some of the worst companies to work for if you are gay. If you support the pursuit of happiness in America, perhaps you'll consider boycotting the compaines on his list. Some of the name, like EXXON are no surprise, but did you know that Progressive Insurance was hostile towards gays at the workplace?
Go read more and then do something about it please.