Tuesday, May 3, 2011
What’s in a tune?
The May 1st mission to take out Osama bin Laden provided a sense of closure for millions of people affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks.
I am proud of our special ops forces and though I know this mission does not close the book on this era of terrorism, it does fulfill a promise made by George Bush while standing on a pile of rubble, using a bullhorn to speak to the search and rescue teams, to the nation, and to the terrorists. I congratulate President Obama, the Pentagon, the CIA, and all who planned and executed this raid.
With these feelings still riding high this morning, I was flipping through the TV channels looking for bits of news. When I switched to our local cable access channel, I stopped and wondered if the music playing as background to the community bulletin board was intended to convey a message.
I enjoy most styles of music. I often play a tune to put me into a particular mood. By the same token, my mood changes in reaction to some songs I hear. Today, I was in a mood akin to John Philip Souza’s when he wrote several of his patriotic marches.
What I heard was hardly Stars and Stripes Forever.
Am I overreacting?
I don’t know.