April 14, 2013

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

It's funny how songs resonate differently at different points in our lives. When I fell in love with my husband, I zeroed in on all the swoony, romantic declarations in music. When we had kids, love songs took on a different meaning, because the primal love one feels for a child is not romantic but powerful in its own way. Then, I resonated with the messages of comfort and support. Hell, I can listen to the Beatles' "Across the Universe" daily and it can sound naive and plaintive, cynical, tragically optimistic or weary and resigned, depending on my own mood.

I was working out this week and heard "Stayin' Alive" playing and it hit me more than it has in the 35 years (gulp!) I've heard this song play:

I've been kicked around since I was born
Now it's all right, it's okay
You may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York Times' effect on man

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
I'm a-stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Life goin' nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Lyrics from eLyrics.net

Isn't that what we're dealing with, in a nutshell, albeit in a falsetto disco one? We're all struggling to stay alive, some of us in quite literal crises and been kicked around. And we're trying to get those politicians who have the power to make things better for us to not look the other way. We're also hoping that the media will take notice and effect change. Although looking at the line-up again this week, it looks like we're going nowhere again.

ABC's "This Week" -- Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano; Panel: ABC News’ George Will; House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; Washington Post Columnist Ruth Marcus; and Wall Street Journal Columnist Kimberley Strassel.

NBC's "Meet the Press" -- Rubio; Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; filmmaker Ken Burns and Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson, actor Harrison Ford; Panel: Lee, Gillibrand, BBC’s Katty Kay, New York Times Columnist David Brooks, and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" -- Kelly O'Donnell, NBC News; David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post; Mark Mazzetti, New York Times.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -- Rubio; Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa.; gun control activist Mark Kelly. Panel: The Washington Post's David Ignatius, The New York Times' David Sanger, Cook Political Report's Amy Walter and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Eliot Spitzer, Fmr. Governor of New York and Rep. Jerry Nadler, Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress; Maya Wiley, Center for Social Inclusion; Professor and Author David Cay Johnston; Mattie Duppler, Americans for Tax Reform; and author Mark Blyth.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Carmen Wong Ulrich, President of Alta Wealth Management / Personal Finance Expert; Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Lisa Cook, Assistant Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University; Josh Barro, Columnist for Bloomberg View; Dorie Clark, Former spokesperson for Howard Dean / Author, “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future”; Soffiyah Elijah, Attorney and Scholar; Majora Carter, President of the Majora Carter Group; Michelle Major, Director and Producer of “Venus and Serena”

CNN's "State of the Union" -- Rubio, Manchin, Toomey; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Panel: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- David Stockman, Austan Goolsbee. Steven Brill and David Goldhill. Anthony Bourdain. Ratan Tata, the former chairman of India's Tata Group.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Amy Holmes of The Blaze, Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). Paul Begala. Robert Greenwald.

"Fox News Sunday" -- Rubio; Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and John Cornyn, R-Texas. Panel: Scott Brown, former Republican Senator from Massachusetts; Marjorie Clifton, Founder of Spike the Watercooler; Karl Rove, former Bush White House Senior Adviser; Evan Bayh, former Democratic Senator from Indiana.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

If you're interested, I'll be on "Talking Left" this morning, available via WeActRadio this morning, speaking with my buddies Danielle, the LeftNeck Chick and Shane-O. Other guests include Brad Friedman of Bradblog and Joshua Holland of AlterNet.

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