2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Heavy Cello...

My daughter just started taking cello lessons this year, she is not all that enthusiastic about it.  Household-6 and I are not letting her off the hook so easy as just to quit and are trying to get her more into it by encouraging her and having her attend string events outside of her normal lessons at school.  For those that care, studies have shown that kids introduced to a formal music education think more critically and do better in school than those that do nothing.  I didn't play an instrument (football and wrestling) and my grades stunk...so it must be true.  Anyway, I was telling her that cellists are the rock starts of the orchestra and just to prove it showed her some vids of cellos performing modern rock songs, including this cover of the Metallica song "One" by the Swedish band Apocalypitca, who play cellos primarily in their music....

Luckily I didn't have to explain what the song meant.  For those that don't know its based on the 1939 book "Billy Got His Gun" about a WWI soldier that awakens to find himself trapped in his own body after it is blown up and he looses his arms, legs and face and cannot see, hear or speak but his mind is left intact.  He tries to communicate with his doctors about wanting to die first, then being toured around the country to show the horrors of war.  In the end neither of his wishes are carried out and he is left to go mad in his own head flashing back to his past unable to determine reality (whats left of it) from insanity.  Pretty disturbing and very anti-war, which is not surprising seeing how it was written at a time when the US was headed into yet another war in Europe and while there seemed to be no avoiding it, many felt the US should remain out of this one.  Part of the reason the conspiracy theorists have maintained the government allowed the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor was as an excuse to get into the war; knowing that the military industrial complex would have the drive to dig the US economy out of the depression of the 30's.

I have seen some guys in the military use the song to "psych up" with the headbanging riffs and very misunderstood military theme of the song...still, it ranks up there as a metal classic in all regards.

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