Capitol Letters – August 2014

The Illinois Capitol Building. Pardon the lens flare. (Zach Bernard)

The Illinois Capitol Building. Pardon the lens flare. (Zach Bernard)

“It’s time to stop dreaming, must rejoin the real world.”

When Genesis released their second album as a trio, Duke in 1979, a large amount of promotional focus was geared towards the album’s scattered concept piece, both on the radio and the subsequent tour (save for “Misunderstanding,” which I still think was an accidental hit). That lyric above comes from one of the album’s deepest and most underrated tunes, titled “Heathaze,” which in a nutshell describes waking up in the morning sun.

That lyric is extremely relatable to my life as it is right now. A lot has changed in a very short period of time. And the coming year looks to feature some extraordinary excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

Anarchy in the USA: Heartland Unrest Escalates

A now-famous image of a man throwing a molotov cocktail back at police where it came from. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A now-famous image of a man throwing a Molotov cocktail back at police. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

For the past week, I haven’t been able to shake the Sex Pistols classic “Anarchy in the UK” out of my conscience. I keep singing one of the song’s lyrics in my head: “Anarchy for the USA/It’s coming sometime, maybe…” Over and over again. Seeing Motley Crue cover it last Friday in Tinley Park certainly didn’t help matters.

Neither is the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri between police and protestors following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Let’s start from the beginning. An unarmed 18-year-old black kid gets shot and left in the middle of the street before finally being treated as a crime scene. Ferguson police and citizen witnesses have conflicting stories. The police insist that Brown and a friend were antagonizing the police, while witnesses insist that Brown and his friend were merely jaywalking when police became aggressive. Read the rest of this entry »