Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:51

Talk of the Towns for Oct. 11, 2017

Written by  Staff

Music to our ears
There was a wonderful singer, Alanna Mosley at Corkscrew on Friday, and the place was packed. Talkers saw people at the wine bar sitting on their phones, many of them taking video of Mosley as she did masterful covers, including one of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that elicited cheers.

“Well I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”
But then something happened, about a half-hour into music and libations. People started singing along with every song they knew. People got up and danced, and everyone laughed at those who only thought they could dance. Talkers saw everyone get out of their comfort zone, off their cell phones and have fun.

We need more of that.

Something about music brings everyone together in a way nothing else does. People from all walks of life — doctors, blue collar automotive technicians, college students and sales executives — all sat in Corkscrew, talking to each other, excitedly singing “Wagon Wheel” in an off-key blend of myriad different voices trying their best to find the pitch.

“And if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.”

There were no barriers, no differences. Just people enjoying the powerful vocals of Mosley. In a time where there is so much stress and division, Talkers know it’s easy to stay home, watch Netflix and just isolate yourself from the world.

Don’t do it.

Find an event, go have a glass of wine and listen to some music with strangers. In order to get back to where we understand each other and respect each other, we need to see each other face-to-face, not just behind text message screens and computers. Though, if you’re ever in a bar where someone sings Tina Turner’s “Rollin’ on the River” and everyone doesn’t break out and sing along, make sure to leave that one because something ain’t right.

“If you come down to the river, bet you gonna find some people who live.”

And are you really living, if you don’t live in the moment and sing along?

A blanket statement?
Talkers realize that some place an out-of-whack importance on the words and actions of professional athletes.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s male chauvinistic-like dismissal of a female reporter’s question, and the national furor that followed, was just the latest example.

But what sometimes gets lost amid this malevolence toward athletes are some of the inexcusable and equally ill-advised statements by individuals elected to specifically represent us — all of us.

In the back-and-forth, frothing-at-the-mouth finger-pointing that spewed up after President Donald Trump waded into the NFL/Star Spangled Banner debate, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett, who represents north Mecklenburg, took a public stance against NFL players kneeling or displaying any type of protest during anthem ceremonies.

Puckett expressed support for prohibiting anything that might offend taxpayers from happening in a taxpayer-financed facility. “There can be no reasonable argument in favor of taxpayers funds collected under threat of government repercussion being used to support any enterprise that allows or promotes actions taxpayers find offensive,” a portion of his statement read.

The collaborative constituency categorized as “taxpayers” rarely if ever has unified agreement about what’s good, bad or “offensive” and a veteran politician responsible for representing everyone in his district should know that. The narrow perspective illustrated in this thought-out and distributed statement should concern those paying attention much more than a football player’s off-the-cuff failed attempt at humor.

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