9 de Febrero, 2007
Killing in the Name of—
Okay, memes aren't always my thing, but I definitely enjoy the Friday custom of posting YouTube because it's nice to wander about the web and read your news or hit your regular sites, but also to be often picking and plucking little musical bits here and there. It's gives a sense of ritual, and it keeps Friday a little lighter. I've usually kept with this tradition. And I think I will not deviate today.
It is steadily warming up where I live and I am grateful. I went over to support a new Mexican joint that opened (bakery? coffee shop?), bought their mocha. Read the paper. Picked up my eldest hija a handcrafted birthday present in town (the pic above is of her about ten years ago). Matching envelope on the card, both green. Saw some cat as he walked out of the copshop parking lot with his old lady. He looked drunk as hell, beat up, too. She was whispering to him not to say anything or start anything with me as they walked past. He very dramatically and civilly nodded his head to me as a greeting. I returned the gravity and the nod. I was very glad I was not drunk and being released from jail with a smashed-up face.
Everytime I walk past the White Skinheads—excuse me, the Euro-Americans with shaved skulls here in Oregon—I wonder if someone will start a fight. Every time I see these kids with the Iron Crosses on their belt, I am prepared. I don't know how seriously people take their symbols. White Power is being mainstreamed through fashion, White Supremacy is leaking into the clothes and stickers that are available and they are abundant here. But I don't know what that means about each person who is wearing them. I do not know if they understand the resonance. I don't know if they are a tool by choice or design. I can't be sure if they are a threat to me and my family or just a sucker for a trend. So I remain on alert.
Winter always takes a toll when I'm living in a seasonal type place. Today was beautiful (still is), and thinking of activism, politics, Latin America, Brown Pride, and music, I decided to hunt down some Rage Against the Machine, a great political band that has broken up and who most of you probably have listened to yourselves. I think I saw them live...but I can't be sure. It was a hectic summer I'm trying to remember.
Anyway, while searching through the YouTube selection, I was waylaid by this cover tune of Killing in the Name of, so I'm posting it. Because it cracked me up. It's two kids, they are probably about ten or so? And they play bass and guitar note for note as the Rage song plays in the background. I can't say I'd blame you if you got tired of watching after a minute or so (by then you've seen all but the BLISTERING GUITAR SOLO, tho)...but I was somehow transfixed by the lack of scene change, camera movement, and the boys' well-executed riffing oddly juxtaposed with their unmoving and stoic stances. I'm proud of these kids! I bet they worked hard on this jammie.
Enjoy your evening, vat@s. Shake it all out. We're almost done with invierno. Some of you don't have such a thing in your part of town. Soak up some hot rays for Nez!
Actual live performance by actual band: