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27th-Sep-2006 12:35 am
Candybar Doll
I found a video on YouTube of a live performance by Amy Grant of what is, hands-down, the song most beloved by her fans: "Lead Me On". Conveniently subtitled in Portuguese(?) for those who don't understand English. (^^;

The sentiment--God on the side of those oppressed by the powerful-- seems almost quaint in these days of the "unitary executive" (otherwise known as fascism...HELLO!?), "renditions," "waterboarding" (otherwise known as "the water torture"), and detainment camps. Heck, she could add a third verse about Muslims based upon subsequent current events (which would conveniently complete the Judeo-Christian triad in the song).

Even so, the song still brings tears to my eyes--atheist that I am, regardless.
27th-Sep-2006 11:55 am (UTC)
I have some stuff turned off, all I get is an error message ^^;;;

If God exists though, he would appear to be firmly on the side of the oppressors these days, because he certainly ain't helping the oppressed..... But hey, Jesus can't come back until there's global holy war, so WHOOOO!! Bring on the WAR!!!!!!


bloodthirsty bastards.....
27th-Sep-2006 11:57 am (UTC)
I have some stuff turned off, all I get is an error message

It comes up fine on MY browser. :P

Though, if you're curious and want to hear the song anyway, I'm sure you could call up any Christian-interest radio station (c'mon, they must have those down there!) and request it.
27th-Sep-2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
I have Active X and Flash stuff disabled, it speeds things up ^^;


It's about 95% Christian and/or Country music radio stations here......
27th-Sep-2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well, do consider making an exception...or, at least, checking out the song. It's got an 80s-ish pop sound, but it's still a very moving, powerful song with a message behind it.

I can't help wondering if maybe Amy Grant's politics were a bit too liberal for that red-stater Three Wishes show she did. I don't remember exactly what it was she said on the first episode, but there was something about how peoples' misfortune isn't always just bad luck--and she didn't blame the victim like a conservative would--but has something to do with society.
27th-Sep-2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah really, that doesn't mesh well with the standard conservative Blame the Poor mentality ^^
27th-Sep-2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
All those shows a la Extreme Makeover Home Edition have really conservative underpinings, though. When bad things happen to "good people," it's just bad luck. No consideration about how social pressures and prejudices got them there in the first place or are otherwise keeping them there.
27th-Sep-2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
They did one of those for a family the next town over, basically built the people a new house, etc., it was all the talk at the time.. Ever since I've been wondering how an unemployed couple with a bunch of kids could manage to pay the income tax on all that, not to mention increased property taxes and upkeep ^^;;;
27th-Sep-2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Ever since I've been wondering how an unemployed couple with a bunch of kids could manage to pay the income tax on all that, not to mention increased property taxes and upkeep

The few times I've watched the show, the give the family a trust fund or sorts (money from donations by people in the community or some advertiser--the irony). The amount varies, but, if nothing else, I suppose sometimes that'll cover the taxes.
27th-Sep-2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I bet it sucks being the people still living in a crappy old trailer right next door ^^;;
27th-Sep-2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
More like a mansion between two generic split-levels, at least in New Jersey. :P
27th-Sep-2006 05:58 pm (UTC)

From what I saw driving around Mendham and Bernardsville a couple years ago, there are no more little old split levels ^^;
27th-Sep-2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
In most places, the split levels are still there, but instead of forest or farmland, they now have herds of McMansions in their backyards.
27th-Sep-2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I took Hilltop Road from the center of Bernardsville to the center of Mendham (I wonder if it's called Hilltop in Bernardsville), and it was a shock.. Just one big gaudy McMansion after another on what used to be a rather sparsely inhabited back road... There were always mansions and big estates along that road, but they were old and, discrete... Now it's all about shoving it everyone's faces >_< Where did all these people with too much money to piss away come from??
27th-Sep-2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Where did all these people with too much money to piss away come from??

First of all, building technology improved so that making these McMansions became cheaper. Some people call them "starter mansions" because of that. Secondly, duh, the rich are getting richer. Either that, or everyone's just more in debt. Or maybe both.
27th-Sep-2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, the rich are getting richer, while the rest of us get screwed >_< Still, I bet there’s a lot of people just trying to keep up appearances, and can’t even afford to have a pizza delivered on the weekend ^^;;;
27th-Sep-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
I've been in houses where people apparently haven't the time and/or money to actually furnish and finish their huge homes. You go in, and there are just a bunch of practically empty rooms.
27th-Sep-2006 11:20 pm (UTC)

I’ve heard about houses like that, where every last bit of money went to building the impressive facade, while the living room is furnished with the latest styles in Wal Mart lawn furniture ^_^;;

Imagine how much those places cost to heat too ^^;;;

I’d much rather have a tiny house packed with luxury, designed primarily to impress just me ^__^
27th-Sep-2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
If it were having a house built for myself, none of the rooms would be extraneous. However, customized building can be MORE expensive than the usual starter mansion.
27th-Sep-2006 11:49 pm (UTC)

Economies of scale and all that.... Still, given the same amount of money I’d go for my little custom house.. Anyway, the long term costs would probably be less, as Mc Mansion builders are more than likely stretching square footage at the cost of construction quality ^^;;
27th-Sep-2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
If I had that much money, I'd have a house built or altered. No one's going to do a library room like *I* want it. XD XD
28th-Sep-2006 12:22 am (UTC)
You could always buy an old warehouse, that might have enough room for your books ^_~
28th-Sep-2006 01:31 am (UTC)
But a warehouse has no AMBIANCE. :P
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