Finding hope in lyrical philosophers

Posted1/9/2021 1:00 AM

Growing up in the 1960s and '70s, I was lucky to live in a time with musical artists that, through their songs, confronted the issues of the day. There was Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changing," the Beatles' "Revolution," CSNY's "Ohio," Stevie Wonder's "Living In The City" just to name a few.

As a teenager, I looked upon those artists as somewhat modern-day philosophers.


Many of those artists' work, along with other influences, helped me contemplate life and create my own philosophy on life.

I also knew that the Stones' opening phrase of "Mother's Little Helper" was going to be a true prophesy, "What a drag it is getting old."

Anyone over the age of 30 would surely agree.

However, I never thought that I would live to see the day that the Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil: logic, "Just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints," would become prophetic for those demanding the defunding of police.

However, I now hope that Pete Townshend of the Who was the greatest prophet of that era with the opening line in his song Twenty-one from the Rock Opera "Tommy" which states, "I gotta feeling 21 is gonna be a good year."

Here's to hoping it rings true for everyone.

Bill Scully

Hoffman Estates

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