March 4, 2012

The pressure culture

Lately, I have been hearing "Under Pressure" across all media from the radio to television, movies and of course the internet. This song, by Queen and David Bowie, depicts a different musical era, yet its message rings clear for many today who are struggling to make ends meet. Our world is consumed by obstacles that create pressure for each of us every day.

This may sound odd, but if you forget the lyrics and the graphic images often shown with the song, I think the bass line depicts what pressure feels like to an optimist. Give it a try:
Pum-pum-pum -papapum-pum.  Pum-pum-pum -papapum-pum.  Pum-pum-pum -papapum-pum. Pum-pum-pum -papapum-pum. Pum-pum-pum -papapum-pum.
Sound familiar and hopeful? The song is not all that scary until you add the Queen vocalizations and then it becomes, as advertised, under pressure.

For Music Sunday at Experience Optimism today, I propose that we peel back the song to its bass line so it may be enjoyed  instead of feared. So we might smile instead of worry, please give this rendition a try:  "Ice, Ice, Baby," by Vanilla Ice.

Even though the pressure is still evident, "Ice, Ice, Baby" highlights a different culture with a different view. It subscribes to the culture of optimism.

Which pressure culture do you subscribe to?
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