Uncle Bardie’s Thursday Music Spot: Glory

I grew up in another time and another space. A time when a song said so much better what I felt than a speech or a letter or a tv show or a movie. It was the time of Phil Ochs and Peter Paul and Mary, of Nina Simone and Joan Baez, of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, of Marvin Gaye and James Brown and John Lennon. Just hearing their voices speak the truth in a time when the world seemed to have gone mad with injustice and war was a joy and an affirmation.

These days there are voices like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino and Guy Clark Jr. and MILCK and Against Me!. But none of them seemed to have reached across society as a whole and become anthems the way “We Shall Overcome” and “Blowin’ in  the Wind” and “Imagine” did”.

I’ve featured Thea Gilmore before. I first gave her my Creative Artist spotlight. Then I gave you her wonderful holiday song, “Sol Invictus,”  and her joyful “Rise.” Well, here’s a new one that I hope can become the anthem we all need. It’s from her 2019  album, Small World Turning. It’s called “Glory.” I can’t think of a better song for an anthem for these times.

Here’s  the lyrics of the song:

Glory to the dying embers
Glory to the TV screens
Glory to the once remembered
Rags and flags and gasoline

Glory to the jukebox heroes
Glory to the botox queens
Glory to the ones and zeroes
Coding kings and libertines

Glory to the plastic ocean
Glory to the modern slave
Glory to the pocket Hitler
Glory to the unmade grave

Glory to the crimes of passion
Glory to the left and right
Glory as the crumbs of fashion
Feed the modern appetite

Amen amen
Bow your head and pray
Welcome to brand new history

Glory to the wheels of power
Glory to the face of war
Glory to the single flower
Held at revolution’s door

Glory to the fallen soldiers
Glory to what made them fall
Glory while the hearts of leaders
See no difference at all

Amen amen
Bow your head and pray
Welcome to brand new history

Glory to the hate and hated
Glory to the loved and lost
Glory to what Greed created
A photofit, a Calvary cross

Glory glory hallelujah
Glory to the threads of fame
Even as the past outgrew ya
You drank its blood and praised its name
You praised its name

 

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Rise

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is for all those who have been suffering from Hurricane Harvey. Know that we are thinking of you. You are our brothers and our sisters and our prayers go out for you.

This week’s Spotlight Song is Thea Gilmore with “Rise” on her new album, “Counterweight”:

Boy, did Thea hit the ball out of the park with this one.

Rise
by Thea Gilmore

Are you lost
Are you tired
Is the road ahead unmade
Are you worn
Did the storm
Tear up every stone you laid

Are you alone
Is your home
Past the point of no return
Did those days
Just erase
Everything you thought you’d learned

Come on reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

Is there a voice
In the air
Just screaming that you’re wrong
Is that noise
Too much to bear
Drowning out your cradle song

Are you scared
That you’ll be
Just one drop in the wave
Has your heart
Twisted apart
From too long being brave

Come on reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

And I know you’re lonely
I know you’re aching
But that next step’s the one worth taking
There’s a hand, darling
There’s a shoulder
There are arms
That just want to hold you

Come on reach, you’ll see
We can sail out come high tide
Now reach for me
Don’t let them say you never tried

Now reach, you’ll see
The river’s not that wide
Now reach for me
And bridge that dark divide

Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise
Come on and rise

I know you’re lonely
I know you’re aching
But that next step’s the one worth taking

Uncle Bardie’s Weekly Music Pick: Sol Invictus

It’s Thursday again. You know what that means. Uncle Bardie’s Weekly Music Pick. UncleBardiie gives a double thumbs up to this week’s selection: “Sol Invictus” by Thea Gilmore.