Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars by the Flobots

My son and his wife just got back from California. Ever since he turned me on to "Never Again" by Wu Tang Clan, I've listened to his music choices. Since his wife is Yemenite, he has exposure to the full range of Israeli music. The beauty of Israeli music is that all the Jews who came home from various forced exiles brought back with them such a diversity of musical styles. Israeli food is the same concept played out in the gastronomic dimension.
When my son told me about "I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars", the title didn't really grab me. I couldn't imagine how such a song could venture into the realm of social commentary. With reservations I logged onto You Tube to check it out.
The video takes the viewer from childhood scenes in a schoolyard with the harmless boasts of childhood becoming more grandiose.A close look at the early sequence in the video shows a child being picked on by older kids and passing on his hurt to a group of children yet younger than he. As the topics of the bragging expand, they become more ominous, and scenes of war and carnage are mixed in. The tone remains childish but the playing field turns into a battlefield. Over the years, I have gone to school with and worked with Serbs, Croats,Arabs,Jews,Ethiopians as well as many other nationalities, all under peaceful circumstances. Sometimes I think of these people and wonder if their lives have been peaceful or if they are even still alive. When is a tennis racket or baseball glove traded for a rifle? What is the moment when children boasting harmlessly in a schoolyard take that critical step to being armed adversaries? Who manages the transition and why? If we could stop it, would we? This video asks more questions than I can answer. The Flobots have done us all a great favour by producing such a song. I thank them and wish them well

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't stop listing to this song; its so powerful