Notes on the Line: Musings from a Folk Artist

Caring About Caring

What do you care about?  Now, don’t answer too quickly, it’s not supposed to be an easy question.  I am writing this because I care….about the same things as you.  Just like you, I care about music, society, food, art, pets, philosophy, spirituality, everything, nothing–yes, I believe we should care about nothing, at times.

I will be sharing my thoughts–both afresh and cynical, advice–both good and bad, but all useful, as well as songs, poems, music, and questions.  (And you have my assurance that not all posts will be pensive or philosophical, or–God, help me–political.  The three “p’s” of low readership, I assume.  Still, I had to get some of this out of the way in the first post.)  You see, I am not prejudiced regarding what I care about–I realize that I am at times both smart and stupid, and I will undoubtedly need to heed the very advice that I impart, or not–ha!  Ponder that for a moment…

But I don’t care what you think of me, I only care what you can get from me.  Even if you disagree, you can get something from me–the first rhyme!  A line from a song I wrote recently: “If you disagree, you don’t have to hate.  We just simply see the world in different ways.”  Simple, right?

Now back to what you care about, what you’re passionate about, possibly.  Don’t you think there are folks walking in the opposite direction who are just as passionate about the subject?  And if they’re walking in the opposite direction, they are eventually walking toward you…

I challenge you to find out why, to see from their eyes–another rhyme!  And another!  This part is the cliché–that is, to seek common ground (in the words of Bob Dylan, “yes, yes, I hear you”).  The truth is you may not–in many cases, probably won’t–find common ground.  But by seeking it you will have softened your heart and mind to the stance of that individual, thereby opening the door–not necessarily to agreeance–but yes, to living together harmoniously despite differences!

After all, you may be right and they may not be wrong.  Sometimes the issue is not within the argument but is the argument itself.  In other words, the problem is often not the subject of an argument, but simply that there is the existence of an “argument.”  There doesn’t have to be right or wrong, black and white.  A couple of lines from our song, “Colorblind”: “A smaller world we’re living in when there’s only right or wrong…a darker world we’re living in when there’s only black and white.”  I encourage you then, in this initial post, to live in a world filled with color…

 

–T