I was caught off guard the other day while listening to the radio. The four stations that I have programmed into the car memory are National Public Radio, KLOVE, classical music, and Q101 Heavy Rock. If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say that hard rock has always been my favorite genre. Be it because of my instrumental love of drums and guitar or because of the adrenaline surge, I find myself most drawn to listen to the beats of heavy rock.
However, the amount of sex, drug, and rage references are usually too much to bear. As I was driving to Chicago a few days ago, a song came on Q101 that quickly drew my attention. It had the rapcore sound that I loved and featured the well-known voice of Tim McIlrath of the Chicago band, Rise Against. But one line in particular stood out: "We'd rather make our children - martyrs than murderers."
When I got back home, I did a google search and found out that it was written by the band Flobots, who have actively engaged in non-violent response at the local and national level. I recommend checking the song out. I was thankful for this type of message to be spreading through a genre that is typically characterized by violence. The following are a few lines from the song (not in order), and below that is the music video hosted on the band website.
We request to negotiate
We come to you unarmed
We desire to communicate
You cannot do us harm
This is love this is not treason
Won’t study war no more this millennium
It’s never again to me or anyone
So think harder when you refer to us
Rather make our children martyrs than murderers
They shell dwellings to quell the shelling
They lift taboos to seduce the cowards
They say we’re too yellow-bellied
But we say we’re the new superpower
We seek waivers to not be liable
We claim to speak for a higher truth
We stand opposed to the homicidal
We tell you you’re fireproof