CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#017, May 2008
Evolving to the Next Level
You just can’t look out of your corner window without hearing the sounds of nature or trains or music. There is a new album and song out by my favorite Southern via L.A. band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He has re-formed (for a time) his original band from Gainesville, Florida, called MUDCRUTCH. Track two is a powerful song called Scare Easy. I find my little “inner rocker voice” singing it over and over. Scare Easy may be one of the best rock songs to come out in years, both for the power of the music itself as well as the moving-forward lyrics of survival in a world gone bust. “My love’s an ocean, you’d better not cross it,” sings Petty. “I've been the distance and I
need some rest/I’ve been running like a man possessed/I don't scare easy/Don't fall apart when I'm under the gun/You can break my heart and I ain't gonna run/I don't scare easy for no one.”
Last month this column extolled the virtues of a Manzano Mountain car ride. Even before that SVI edition hit the streets, a horrible calamity, now called the Trigo Fire, raged beside those very “open roads” spoken of here. Over ten million dollars was spent to bring the fire under control. Over 60 homes were destroyed. These are tough times. When the wildfires rage and Mother Earth quakes in Reno and China, when tornados drop down and gangs come calling, when kids drop out of school to nurse babies and tend to their parents, when the Valley considers breaking off from Albuquerque, when farmers lose their land to new subdivisions, when an endless war continues and gas prices burn through our wallets, when wells run dry and the time comes to “commence” and graduate to living out our dreams in uncertain times, we better not scare easy.
Christopher Titus did a special stand up comedy routine for Showtime called Norman Rockwell is Bleeding. In the routine he says,” I’m not dysfuntional; I’m evolving to the next level.” He goes on to say that in a disaster, you don’t want the guy who has never faced difficulties to be by your side, you want the more experienced (aka, dysfunctional) person to be there for you. “You normal people, hook up with some screwed up people,” he says. “Make us your friends.” He notes, “The L.A. Times reported that 63% of American families are now considered ‘dysfunctional’. Good! ... because that means if Armageddon really happens, 37% of this population is gonna lose their minds! ... 63% are gonna go, ‘Hey, there’s nobody watching the Lexus dealership. We’re going to the Apocalypse with leather and a CD player!’”
Let’s take a lesson from Christopher Titus and Tom Petty: Hang on to your hats, because gusty winds do exist. We are all the brave survivors of our own lives.
Jeff Hartzer © 2008