Ignored Obscured Restored
President Trump was in California for fundraising this week, and couldn’t resist taking a swipe at the state’s homeless situation. USA Today covered the story with the headline:
Blaming shelters and street sleeping, Donald Trump blasts California for homeless crisis
Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area, so I’m well aware we have become the homeless capital of the world. But we do our best to come up with effective policies to deal with this challenging situation; and treat the homeless population with dignity and respect.
This reminded me of the Arrested Development song “Mr. Wendal.”
This song was written in 1992 about the homeless condition but looks at it from an interesting perspective. It calls on us to see the homeless as people we can learn from – that there is wisdom in choosing a lifestyle that isn’t concerned with materialistic trappings.
Mr. Wendal has freedom
A free that you and I think is dumb
Free to be without the worries of a quick to diss society
For Mr. Wendal’s a bum
Yeah, I know, that POV may be a tad naïve and oversimplified, but it comes from a genuine sense of kindness and understanding. And those are things we can use a little more of today.
Arrested Development was one of the first rap groups to make it their mission to record music with positive messages.
Musically, the song uses a couple of cool samples to great effect. The most obvious one comes from Steely Dan’s “Peg.” The other is a vocal sample from “Sing a Simple Song” by Sly and the Family Stone. Dig it!
Enjoy… until next week.