Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Martin Luther King Day - Tuesday Tune, vol 124

Yesterday was the day in which we pay tribute to the late and great Martin Luther King Jr.

The only way I know how to pay tribute is with a playlist, so that's what I did, I made a playlist.  So, with great honor, reverence, and some creative license, I present to you, songs inspired by or dedicated to, Martin Luther King Jr.

Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2
Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder
One Vision - Queen
Renegades of Funk - Rage Against the Machine
Like A King - Ben Harper
If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
Change* - Tears for Fears
Shed a Little Light - James Taylor
Blackbird - The Beatles
We Owe This to Ourselves - Anberlin
Think - Aretha Franklin
Dreams* Brandi Carlile
Blues for Martin Luther King - Otis Spann
We Shall Overcome - Bruce Springsteen
Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
Just a Little More Love (Wally Lopez Remix Edit) - David Guetta
Off of Wonderland - Jackson Browne
MLK - U2

*Mark of creative license.  They scream "I have a dream" to me, so I added them even if they weren't specifically about or inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

At the end of October, the Rabid Family traveled to Washington D.C.  The vacation had three main objectives: 1) visit Spouse's Cousin and family; 2) spend time with each other learning stuff; 3) run the Marine Corps Marathon.

Two of the above three were accomplished.  Number three, the marathon, didn't happen because of a torn calf.  Boo.  Here's the consolation note I wrote myself:

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Writing that little love note was surprisingly therapeutic.  

If you ask the Yahoos what they did in Washington D.C., they'd say "See Cousins!" and "Walk and walk and walk and walk.  And Walk!"  I'll bet we walked six miles a day.  Not so good when you're nursing a torn calf, but oh well.  You only live once, however, and the Rabid traveling motto of "we might never come back" made sure we took advantageous of any and all.  In good time, I hope to document our escapades here.

The very first memorial we visited (officially)* was the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. It's loaded with symbolism.  All of the monuments are loaded with symbolism, really.  I was awestruck by the amount of thought placed into the message of each monument.

*Technically, it was the second.  The first was the Marine Corps Memorial, but that was a sneaking kind of thing that we did late at night with cousin J.C., in the middle of a whirling, whip around town in his super-swift Audi.  It also involved jumping a fence (kind of.) The memorial was closed because of the marathon.

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I'm rather fond of this park person picture.  Park people are like none other.  
The passion of their subject can be seen when you ask 'em questions.  

"Out of the Mountain of Despair
A Stone of Hope"

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The placement of King in front of the mountain 
shows he's that stone of hope.

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The Yahoo tried to push it back.  But can't.  It's too heavy! 
King's hope cannot be undone!  

Let's hear it for equal rights and stones of hope. Let's also hear it for progress and being nice to each other.   Remember: we have evolved.  Yes, we have.  And we will continue to evolve because we're human and that's what humans do best.  Just ask my calf.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

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