Monday, January 19, 2009

Hope and Change: Sowing the Seeds of Love

Tears for Fears: Sowing the Seeds of Love


In the 1980s, there was a mini-revival of the psychedelic music of the 60s. XTC briefly became the Dukes Of the Stratosphere. Robyn Hitchcock’s work with Egyptians would fit in this category. And Tears for Fears released their album The Seeds of Love. No doubt, there were other examples as well.

Tears for Fears embraced not only the unusual sounds of psychedelia, but also the optimism of its lyrics. And nowhere is this clearer than in the present selection. Sowing the Seeds of Love describes the feeling of infinite possibilities that comes with the first rush of love. The old order must give to the world that contains this new reality. With some tweaking of the lyrics, that sentiment could just as easily describe this historical moment.

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