2016: A Story of Love and Hate
Over the past two weeks, in the wake of the U.S. presidential election, I’ve seen/watched/heard terrible news being shared on Facebook and other social media. Rising anti-Semitism garnered by the alt-right. Intimidation of journalists and free speech. Derogatory language regarding Muslims, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, etc. It’s gut-wrenching. Horrifying. Paralyzing.
A great number of us feel like we’ve lost our country. But in fact, 2016 has been a year of many losses, particularly musical. Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Sharon Jones come immediately to mind. Yet I keep coming back to another musical icon who passed away: the boombox-carrying “Radio Raheem” (played by Bill Nunn) from Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing. Given his character’s poignant message, expressed in the clip below, I don’t think it’s any coincidence we lost Mr. Nunn this year, too. HATE has won, at least temporarily.
As for 2017? Here’s hoping LOVE makes that comeback you predicted, Radio.
Local Music: Beach Day
I wrote a feature story about Hollywood, FL-based retro-rockers Beach Day for The Miami Rail. Give it a read, and give ’em a listen/view!