What do Mike & the Mechanics, The Decemberists, and A Fine Frenzy have in common? Not so much, although I suppose you could come up with something. What these SONGS have in common, though, is that they’re fighting songs.
I have a real penchant for songs about rebels, or about people standing strong for what they believe in, no matter what the cost may be, no matter how terrified they are, and no matter the potential outcome. That’s the point of rebelling, or of activism in general: you cannot be assured of an outcome, but you do it anyway.
We’re seeing this theme echoed time and again across the world and across the U.S. People believe strongly in something, and are willing to take to the streets with their fellows to make their voices heard. This vocal protesting, this call to action and answer is necessary to the dignity of the human condition.
The Decemberists sound a triumphant note with the line, “When we die, we will die with our arms unbound” in their song “This Is Why We Fight,” from their new (and very fine 6th) album, The King is Dead. A Fine Frenzy gives voice to overcoming the fear of going against the grain when she sings defiantly, “We are not frightened any more… There are two of us, there will be many more; we stood up, we stood up,” in her song, “We Stood Up,” from her 2009 album Bomb in a Birdcage.
As the saying goes, “stand for something or fall for everything.”