March 23 – Song of the Day

Often, I purposefully avoid addressing news events about personal tragedy as they unfold because I don’t want to be accused of trivializing such horrors. The truth, of course, is that I wish these things weren’t in the news at all … because they represent so much more than a headline. That said, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the U.S. has seen seven mass shootings in the last seven days. This should be unimaginable but … somehow … we’ve reached a point where it seems normal. This fact is reflected in our pop culture, in that it was too easy to find a song that addresses senseless gun violence. I could have chosen “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. I could have chosen “Saturday Night Special” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I could have chosen “Bang Bang” by Green Day. I could have chosen “Heaven” by Blink-182. I could list dozens more equally fitting songs. That shows how long this has been a prominent issue in our society. On that note, I give you the song that I did choose, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats.

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