January 14, 2009


I have been a fan of the singer Jude for about ten years now. I love his music, and when I went to his concert in Champaign, IL, it was the best concert I've ever attended. (And also the last, because I'm old.) I got to meet him after that concert, when he stood around and shook everyone's hand and signed autographs.

And now he's on Big Hollywood revealing that he's a conservative.

Be still my heart.

I'm gonna go order his two most recent albums. I balked at buying an album named Cuba because I was afraid of it being a communist paean, but now I don't think I have anything to worry about.

And if you've never heard Jude's music before, this is the song to start with.

Thanks to Amritas for finding this post...and being the kind of friend who knows that I like Jude.

Posted by Sarah at January 14, 2009 08:31 AM | TrackBack

I balked at buying an album named Cuba because I was afraid of it being a communist paean

I always feel uneasy whenever I see songs with "Cuba" in their titles for similar reasons.

Some place names have a lot of political associations. I'd be similarly nervous about anything titled "Tibet." Or "Dokdo."

"Entertainment" that preaches doesn't entertain me, even if I agree with its stance. Odds are that a song named "Tibet" in the West won't glorify the "Big Destruction" campaign:

The second-ranking spiritual leader in Tibet, the Panchen Lama, remained in Tibet and chronicled the brutality suffered by Tibetans. His writings revealed that 15 to 20 percent of all Tibetans were thrown into prison and worked to death during this period as Chinese communists set out to destroy Tibet's culture and religion.

Nonetheless, I'd wonder if the artist really knew what he was singing about. I don't think all art has to be light and apolitical, but often "getting serious" just amounts to posturing.

Posted by: Amritas at January 14, 2009 12:06 PM

Sarah - When we first met in Frankfurt we swapped favorite music. Jude was on the CD you gave me. Now I'm going to download lots of his stuff just because he's on our side. Thanks for the music and thanks for the insight!


Posted by: Tim Fitzgerald at January 14, 2009 11:26 PM