Usually, I will (a) find an obscure and bizarre music video, (b) make fun of famous bands with famously bad videos, or (c) delight in the discovery of something musical that is unique and amazing.
The world is too crazy right now. Making fun of things, even when it is deserved, doesn’t sit right with me today.
As a former journalist, I still love the news. The only stories I want to read right now are about Ukraine, in the hopes that they defend their country and can rebuild and live in peace again. (Some of you know what I’m talking about: liveuamap.com, the Kyiv Independent, and understandingwar.org)
So I’m running into video after video of music from Ukraine, by ordinary people and soldiers, that moves me far more than any bazillion dollar extravaganza by whatever diva or boy band is hot right now.
This is the one that I keep watching.
What do I like?
I like how it starts as simply and slowly as you can, one woman singing alone, no music whatsoever.
I like how the other people come behind her and join in, and how the power of the chorus grows.
I like the feeling behind the words in a language I don’t understand.
And I like these people, fighting for their home, and for democracy.