Pop Songs 08 tackles one of the great R.E.M. songs, which is wholly appropriate for today:
â€œBegin The Beginâ€? isnâ€™t about the short term; itâ€™s not an exhortation to riot. Itâ€™s asking the listener to become an active participant in their society â€” if thereâ€™s any hope of standing up to the powers that be, you have to engage, create, and build. You need to have a voice, and more than that, a voice that can and will be heard. After all, â€œsilence means security, silences means approval.â€?
I miss that R.E.M. I hear they have a new album coming out soon, and I can only hope they found what has been lost.