Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Cars that Go Boom

I was watching a show I had on Tivo about barbarians last night. They used to beat drums and scream to try to intimidate larger occupying forces.

I stepped outside last night after it was over to smoke in the autumn wind and a car with bass blasting rolled down my street.

I couldn't help but wonder if there was some correlation.

Am I witnessing a modern version of something we have done since the beginning of our time?

A noise that had be heard because the alternative was to silently let yourself become erased from existence.

Are car stereos an act of rebellion or did I just drink to much wine?

Who's side am I on in that rebellion?

I have always found the noise irritating but maybe I have just been missing the point.

Maybe in my quest to not be bothered with anything I have silenced the noise of life. The noise that says we were here....We mattered....We didn't go quietly to the slaughter...

For the guy with the Harley muffler, the G- with the speakers, the teenager with angry noise pouring from your speakers Thank-you. Not cause your cool. Not cause you are right....but because you reminded me to listen to the sounds of the forgotten.

The sounds of possibility, hopelessness, pain, ostracism, alienation, rebellion..of change.

The kind of sounds we don't talk about. The vulgar ones we shush. That we punish.

Tonight I listened and heard.

12 comments:

Colette, aka Lil Sis said...

Maybe we all need to stop and listen now and again. Either that, or I need some of that wine you were drinking. I think after writing my late paper today I'm gonna go get a bottle. LOL ;-) Awesome post. And thank you for the pick me up this morning after my bitch session. ;-)

Ma said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaeNelsAOGo

Ma said...

beautifully written!

Mags said...

I'm with Colette-I think we all need to stop and listen, it's so hard to remember to do that. Isn't it weird?

And also, I need wine too.

Rocketstar said...

I just like it loud baby!

I hate Harleys because of that noise, give those posers loud muffler tickets.

Valley Girl said...

"We're Tila, and Bunny and we like dam boom..."

lol Sorry, I just had to sing that in my head after I read the title.

Such a poetic post! =)

Tom said...

You just like barBaRIANs because your first name is included in said word.

the108 said...

Lovely, babe... just lovely.

*Ren* said...

Wow Brian, cable and Tivo!!! Who'd a thunk it!

Cheri said...

Well said!!!!

Dem Soldier said...

U should have been the Vikes/Backers game last sunday...for noise...lol.

You got weird way of making your point very effective...I like the way U put the whole thing. As my friend would say, noiseless sex is like being dead.

Lucidiocy said...

you should have too much wine more often.