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Monday, September 24, 2012

Guilt Sells Part Tres

So, how was our last show?  As for our listeners, you've already heard the crazy things that I had to deal with escorting Saturday, including almost getting hit by a big, old, crazy, mean white man claiming to be the mayor of God.  Yes, seriously.  You also heard the disagreement between Alexandra and I over whether all the lifers are bullies or just the aggressive ones.  If you haven't tuned into that particular episode, maybe you should.  I think it's pretty interesting to know where my fellow bloggers and I stand.  If you kept listening to the show, I suppose you heard our interview with a special guest, youth LGBT activist Elizabeth Garret.  What did you guys think of that?  I am working very hard to get some more interviews with people who stand up to bullies lined up.  Any requests?  Who would you like to hear from?  I will seriously try to make it happen.  No request is too big or small.  :D  But enough about that, as listeners, I am sure you don't need a recap.  On with the show!!! 

As of right now, I am sitting in the library sporting my Pro-Choice, Anti-Coathanger button, where I would normally be working on homework between classes, but unfortunately, the site I need is down for maintenance.  So you lucky readers get another lovely review of what's going in the music scene regarding women's rights a choice.

6.) "Choirgirl" by Cold Chisel
This song was released as a single in 1979 by the Australian band, Cold Chisel.  The lyricist, Don Walker said in an interview, "I made a conscious attempt to write a hit single. It was a matter of pride and craft. And then I thought, 'What'll I write it about...' I wrote it about pregnancy termination and it was a hit."  And what a hit it was!  It was the band's first hit, reaching number 14 in the Australian charts in November 1979, however, their fame seems to be limited to Australia and New Zealand areas.  At the time of release, many people seemed unaware of the subject matter, and the song was played on radio stations owned by the Catholic Church.  Isn't that ironic?  However, upon listening to the sound, I could understand the confusion.  The lyrics are a bit on the vague side, and while I agree with biggest part of the message the song sends, there is a line or two that I am confused on and am not sure what it's trying to say.  The song is about a man who is trying to comfort his girlfriend who is having an abortion.  Some sources say that it's supposed to be from a woman's perspective, while others say it's supposed to be from the fetus's perspective, but I'm not quite hearing that.  The song starts with a couple of lines that are repeated throughout the rest of the song, "Looking like a choirgirl,
crying like a refugee."  It sounds like the woman the songs refers to was feeling a lot of guilt and maybe even a little scared. The next two lines say, "One nurse to hold her.  One nurse to wheel her down."  This makes the procedure sound very scary and makes me wonder how far along the patient was supposed to have been and what the equipment and procedures were like in the 70s.  The next line is where some minor confusion comes.  The lyrics say "The corridors of heeling, and I’ve been trying, but she’s crying like a refugee."  I have no idea what 'corridors of heeling' is supposed to mean.  My only guess is that is a very repeated typo and misspelling of 'healing,' which makes more sense.  If my guess is correct, it would seem that the singer is trying to comfort and support the lady in the song, but it's very difficult.  I just imagine it was even more difficult back then.  I mean, the technology jut wasn't as advanced as it is now, and I just have to assume that this woman was more terrified than any patient I have ever escorted.  Then the singer goes on to say that the woman loves him 'like a sister', 'like an only child', which I like because it sends a normally over-looked message about who the woman really is.  It is a woman that is capable of loving like a sister or mother, suggesting that she is both or those things.  Then it says, "I’ll hold on and never, never, never let her down 'cause she’s alone, and she loves me like an only child."  Once again the singer is trying be supportive and portray just how alone and scared the patient feels.  And here, with the final verse, is where the real confusion sets in: "Suffer little children.  Send that child to me.  All day the doctor handles his responsibility."  I'm not sure what exactly Don Walker mean, but it sounds like a anti-choice message right smack in the middle of an otherwise pro-choice song.  I'm just not sure.  Maybe one of you readers can give me your take on it and offer a suggestion?

My overall rating: 5 (out of 10)
It's very confusing, but the music is catchy.  Not sure I would recommend it to anyone.

7.) "Abortion" by Kid Rock
I am sure most of you have heard at least some reference to Kid Rock.  He's a modern artist, and a pretty popular one at that.  Information on him is not hard to find, so I will spare you the bio and cut to the chase.  First of all, I am not a fan.  I personally think the man is an idiot and overrated, but he is so popular and this song has even been mentioned on some news sources.  I wouldn't feel justified in overlooking this one.  I don't imagine Kid Rock and I would agree on too much, including what genre his music is.  (Most of it is definitely not rock to me.)  Regardless of how I feel about the man's opinions, he is entitled to have them and the right to express them, as am I.  The song "Abortion" is about a man grieving over girlfriend's abortion.  He blames the event for his drug addictions and contemplates suicide.  The song is written as if he were speaking to the fetus.  I understand that there are men out there that are grieved over such a procedure, and I feel for them.  It is a horrible situation to be in, just as it is awful for the women too.  I just can't support a song that suggest that drugs and suicide as solutions to heartache.  I appreciate that it does relay how abortion does affect men too, and while I think it's unfortunate for them, I ultimately that the final choice should by the woman's.  Period, end of story.

My rating: 3
I can get where it is coming from and think that is has some decent music as far as instrumental, but I still don't like it and probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

8.) "At Conception" by Cursive
Now this is an interesting song.  I am conflicted as to whether or not I actually like the music, but the lyrics?  I completely understand!  I actually think Alexandra or maybe Zena, could relate to this more than I can, because they have witnessed this happen more than me.  This song is pretty self explanatory, but I'll give it to you anyway, just so you know what to expect:  "Jeannie's been throwing up all morning.
Poor girl's been so heartsick ever since her boyfriend went to war. Father Cole's done his best to console the girl -- more so than some neighbors deem necessary -- but you just can't measure young love."  It's good to hear that Father Cole is spreading his fatherly love, eh?  I am glad someone is comforting poor Jeannie.  "Picketing the clinic outside town, Father Cole holds the record for turning twelve girls around. If anybody knows the sorrows of the young woman, it's Father Cole."  That's right, Father Cole, give us your pure, priestly opinion.  Tell us how to live and what decisions to make.  Change our minds; tell us how wrong it is.  You know us simple-minded women, we need you to yell at us!  "But he's been acting out of sorts; that strange sermon he gave accepting termination due to rape. Jeannie's whispered she's carrying, but there's one awful catch: her boyfriend's been off in the desert for half a year."  Wait a minute Father Cole, you've changed your mind?  Abortion is okay in situations of rape?  Who holds the record for turning you around?  And poor Jeanie, she just keeps running into difficult situations.  I wonder who knocked her up.  How will the boyfriend react, and just where is this story going?  "Cole cried, 'This simply cannot be!' She quipped, 'Quite the opposite, I'm hardly the virgin Mary, and you're no carpenter. So who will build my home?' 'Jeannie, you're just a kid You can't conceive such mortal sins Everything will be alright' " Wait a minute...  You don't think Father Cole has something to do with this shameful unplanned, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, do you???  NO, CAN'T BE.  And even though Jeanie admits that she's a dirty tramp, good Father Cole, just doesn't believe in it.  He even says that everything will be okay.  He's a good man.  "What happens in confession.  Stays in the confessional, so what goes on behind those curtains? 'Jeannie, you're just a kid. You won't conceive this mortal sin.' "  Hmmm...  Now what does that mean.  I think that Father Cole thinks abortion is okay if the fetus is a 'mortal sin.'  This song is so realistic.

My rating: 9.2  (still iffy on the actual music part haha)
I would definitely recommend giving this song a listen.

I know I am cutting it a little short, but I have class soon.  I hope you have enjoyed this so far, and I appreciate all feedback.  :)


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