[I wrote this over a week ago but thought I had lost the post. Well, I didn’t and here it is – GreenDayMind]
Yesterday I was roaming Brooklyn in the pouring rain looking for an apartment. That’s how you have to do it here in New York City, you take a neighborhood that you want to live in and seek out “For Rent” signs and broker agents. We do have a massive Craigslist presence, but I find Craigslist draining and overwhelming. I still have over a month to go to find a place, but I’m getting a drop on it so that I won’t be caught off guard when the time comes.
While looking, I must have listened to “21st Century Breakdown” seven times… that’s how long I was out and about looking. I was also trying to stop my head from thinking too much about what was happening yesterday in Iran but I stopped for a moment to catch up with the news on my iPhone and saw the aftermath of protests between Iranian citizens and the Revolutionary Guard of Iran, aka the Basijs. Clashes seem to have caused the death of several people, including a young girl by the name of Neda who literally died on film in front of the world’s eyes while standing next to her teacher.
I cried right there on the street. But it was raining and so no one paid much attention to a wet face.
Anyway… tonight is the premiere of Green Day’s new video to the song “21 Guns.” It’s a bit apopros, if you ask me, that this song is being released as a single now. “21 Guns” is a love song about Christian and Gloria, the protagonists of “21st Century Breakdown,” but I see it more as about warring factions (whether it’s a war of love, an inner war or a physical one) surrending to each other in the midst of the fight.
Just… give… up… the… fight.
Sadly, humans love to fight and argue and kill, so unfortunately, nothing is going away in that regard for a long, long, time. Maybe one day we’ll evolve. I won’t be around to see it.