May 21, 2008

A rock song about unintended consequences

So I was listening to some music the other day and came upon I'd Love To Change The World by Ten Years After.The magnificent thing about this song isn't that its catchy or has a particularly unique composition, rather, the thing I love is that it's about unintended consequences.The singer laments how much he'd like to change the world for the better, but seems overwhelmed by the prospects of actually achieving that change.You know how many baseball players have a song that plays as they come up to bat or come into pitch? This would probably be my song. Not because I like it, but because I love that someone actually wrote a rock song about how hard it is to craft effective policy in response to serious social, political, and environmental problems.Of course, maybe I'm reading too much into it. I'm also convinced that Dave Matthews's Proudest Monkey is about Rousseau's Discourse on The Origin and The Foundations of Inequality Among Men, so you can take this all with a grain of salt.