Then I joined the U.S. Army, which sent me to school in Ayer, Massachusetts at Fort Devens, To my amazement they had trees there. Everywhere. Rumors that the North had been paved over and that there were factories between every street light just weren’t true. Even the people were nice. (Shhhh! Don’t tell or I’ll lose my … I’m sure that I’ll lose something.)
Anyway, one of my Facebook correspondents introduced me to a Pakistani band called “Laal” or “Red”. The name of this particular song is “utho meri duniya” which means “awaken the world” – it’s based on a poem by Allama Iqbal.
I have no clue what is being sung outside of the English subtitles. The tune is catchy, the images are vivid, and the theme of the song is probably not what you would expect from a Pakistani band, assuming that you would even expect the music to be from Pakistan.
So give this song a listen, read the lyrics, then do over again. There is a lot of nuance in the words. I’m not sure exactly what Laal or Red is advocating … but certainly there are some challenges in the words and the style of music to make you think. Let your assumptions be challenged.