Friday, January 25, 2008

All we can do is...

Since my car speakers are dying I have to get my music fix at home. It kind of annoys me because it gets in the way of things like conversations or any project that doesn't find me in the living room.

So I've got Ingrid Michaelson blasting from my tiny computer speakers, which actually pack enough of a punch to make the puppy quite jumpy. One of the songs on the playlist, not on her cd, is Keep Breathing. It's quite awkward to sing along to because while I feel empathy for where Ingrid is coming from when she writes

"The storm is coming but I don't mind.
People are dying, I close my blinds.
All that i know is I'm breathing now.
I want to change the world...instead I sleep.
I want to believe in more than you and me.
But all that I know is I'm breathing."

I can't help but feel her conclusion of "All we can do is keep breathing" is completely lame.
It reminds me of John Mayer's debacle Waiting on the World to Change. The slight difference being that while Ingrid Michaelson's tune sounds truly anguished for her lack of action, John Mayer's attitude seems to be, "Hey, I'm waiting for things to get better, what more do you want, punk?"

In the end though it's all the same. Whether it's waiting for someone else to change the world, or believing you should but can't change it. Even if it's believing you can change it...but don't.


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