This Week’s Incredible Show! And . . What’s Up With Congress?!
By Helen ~ October 2, 2013
The stage moniker Frightened Rabbit comes fromthe nickname that lead singer/ guitarist Scott Hutchinson’s mother gave him in his youth; apparently, he was chronically shy as a kid (tiny bit of eTown trivia: Oddly enough, I share that with Scott, I was also extremely shy as a young child; as a matter of fact it’s why I ended up on the stage, my mom enrolled me in acting class when I was six to draw me out . . . and look what happened!)
But I digress.
After a decade of playing together, Frightened Rabbit is hitting it HUGE on the music scene, performing all over the world to giant, adoring crowds and headlining festivals with 100,000+ attendees (their recent set at Lollapalooza for example, was jammed packed). We’re thrilled that, during their grueling American tour schedule, they took the time to be with us at our tiny little intimate hall (so cool to have them here!). They are also THE nicest guys; they totally get the socio/enviro sustainability message behind our show; they loved the eco-ness of the hall (and the sound/feel of it too) as well as Nick’s excellent and personable interviewing skills (Scott Hutchinson likened Nick’s style to having a lively conversation with a friend sitting at the local pub; I can’t think of a higher compliment).
Nataly Dawn is also with us this show. Ever heard of Pomplamoose? Well, she’s the talented female half of that artistic duo. With her sweetheart and musical collaborator Jack Conte, the two recently became quite the viral YouTube sensation, with something like 84 MILLION hits on their website and well over 100,000 songs sold, both exquisitely arranged covers and well-crafted original tunes. These days, both Nataly and Jack have been working on solo musical projects as well, and Nataly joins us to share a few original, quirky numbers from her recent solo CD.
The conversations with the artists are great fun this show, and, with a great ‘in-person’ E-Chievement Award winner (who literally took to the streets to help homeless folks in his community), this is one eTown episode you won’t want to miss. Check out the videos below to see what I mean.
One more thing before I sign off:
I am so frustrated.
What the hell is wrong with Congress?!
What has happened to our checks and balances, our democratic system?
To the idea that intelligent individuals who can see both sides, understand the complexities of our people and their needs, and are interested in working with their congressional colleagues to actually help our citizens should be the ones who get elected in the first place?
And when was that last idea replaced by the concept that inexperienced idiots (some of whom may have fancy degrees from hoity-toity universities, but who clearly have no idea how our Constitution and the three branches of our government are supposed to work) should be the ones whom we elect? Those who have no clue about the concept of true statesmanship (on which this country was built), nor interest in negotiating on behalf of the US people (they’re very good at being politicians these days, but again, where are the principled statesmen/women we used to see)?
Finally, why is it OK to make it your one and only goal, during your congressional term, to thwart the efforts of the party opposite yours, rather than work together to get good, solid bills (minus all the ‘me, me, me’ unrelated pork attachments and the such) passed in the House and Senate? When did it become acceptable to simply promote your own narrow political agenda, rather than reach across the aisle, consider all sides and aim for common ground?
I confess, I’m old enough to remember America BEFORE all this crap. When Washington was still a place of negotiation, a place where those elected went to get work done and to do good things for the American people. Not this present day circus, full of those who simply want to grandstand and draw attention to themselves for their own possible political gain.
I’m not naïve enough to suggest that this sort of ‘dig in your heels for the sake of it’ stubbornness in Washington hasn’t ever been around before; it’s always been around. But it was not the normal practice; and there was inevitable dialogue and negotiation and resolution.
All I’m saying is:
I am a patriotic American, one who simply wants the balanced, civil, productive, ethical, constitutionally based governing of the past. Anybody out there feel the same?
So to those who presently serve in the Congress: Grow up boys and girls. Take a civics lesson so you can know what you’re really supposed to be there for.
I only say the latter when I’m frustrated. Which is where this all started.
Think I’ll take a deep breath and go for a walk.
Until next week, y’all, have a good week –