Well the headlines keep getting worse – stranger and stranger – like the story of the Michigan Militia group Wolverine Watchmen arrested for a plot to overthrow the government in Michigan by arresting the Governor and trying her in the groups own makeshift court. The Michigan Militia has been troubling to the history of the state that goes back decades. Formed in 1994 by a former US Air Force veteran. First made the news in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing carried out by members Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
Militia activity is increasing and is linked to white supremacy but the federal government has repeatedly failed to dismantle and disband these organizations with their “criminal” ideologies and activities. We now pay the price – forget about terrorism from abroad. We create our own!
Canadian music group, Moxy Fruvous, known for their ability to mock, attack, chide, parody, satirize and lampoon life’s insanities, wrote and recorded a song titled Michigan Militia in 1997 after the Oklahoma City bombing. Sadly it continues to be relevant – maybe more so – in the trump era. I’ve always loved this music group and I post this song here (lyrics below).
I like to keep it in the refrigerator. Keeps the powder dry, and the action quicker. Let me be your American Gladiator. Find enclosed an adhesive N.R.A. sticker.
A letter t’ you from where I been holed up In this bucolic, agrarian compound. One step ahead Just ahead Of the government bloodhound.
The gas is off, it’s a national showdown. BUT… Sure wish that I could visit you, My sweet betrothed. In a couple a’ days We’ll all be free, Or we’ll be dead.
Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia. Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia.
I’m fencing off this little piece of heaven. Cross the line and you’re electrocuted. Polishing up my AK47. It’s a constitutional right, can’t be refuted.
Now they got us on TV, And makin’ us look stupid. Shot of me flippin’ my lid, At that mutt reporter, A classic case of race dilution Houston,
What is the problem? I’m fighting for you, and a blue-eyed Jesus. America first, The rest get the pieces.
Na Na Na Na. Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia. Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia.
Fighting for your honour, Like would any Afrikaner. Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia.
Our numbers are strong, and it won’t be long ’til I can tell you, Trisha, that we won. You’ll be ecstatic, just like that night You told me up in the attic. That was your wish again, To be back in a purified Michigan
Down on…! down on…! … the farm?
Well, that’s my wish again, To be back in Michigan.
Happy Birthday, Trisha, I’m in the Michigan Militia. Happy Birthday, Trisha, (Well, that’s my wish again, to be back in Michigan) I’m in the Michigan Militia.
I hope you like the double barrel, I think it goes with your apparel. Happy Birthday, Trisha, (Well, that’s my wish again, to be back in Michigan) I’m in the Michigan Militia.
Have you ever heard a song or album and the weather seemed such an integral part of the experience – so much so, that every time the weather conditions are right you still remember that song or album? Well it’s happened to me. Repeatedly.
Today, it’s “raining cats and dogs” and I spent a fair amount of time on the road looking from some rainy day photo ops. It was raining so hard it was keeping time with Led Zeppelin’s song “Bonzo’s Montreax” (from the CODA album) which was playing in my car. But this is not about that song.
During my drive I realized it was exactly a day like today when I purchased my very first RUSH album, A FAREWELL TO KINGS (on cassette and vinyl). The album was released September 1st, 1977. I was 17 and only had a drivers permit. I was only working on the family farm and had saved my allowance for this purpose. I got to the car and greedily unwrapped the cassette to play in the car. The weather was dark and cloudy not unlike the cover art with the post apocalyptic setting – the landscape crumbled and the crown of the king lying on the ground. The king plopped down on the throne like a puppet whose puppeteer had fled or a jester frozen in time – the joke had been played once to often. I popped the cassette in the player and it started to rain. I took the scenic route home through the countryside past hill and dale, field and farm listening in amazement and feeling transfixed as “Xanadu” blasted from the car speakers. by time “a thousand years had come and gone…” I was completely enthralled, mesmerized in my rainy day drive. I got home during “Cinderella Man” and felt lost in the myth, the poetry and story telling. I continued to just sit in the car and listened thru to Cygnus X-1 (Book One) as the rain continued to beat on the car roof. Wipers off I mused and wondered if Cygnus X-1 would have a Book 2 in this musical adventure. The transformation was complete I was a RUSH fan. For years to come A FAREWELL TO KINGS, HEMISPHERES, PERMANENT WAVES and MOVING PICTURES would be my favorite RUSH albums. I would listen to them frequently.
Well with Todays rain it was time to revisit the memory and the feeling of that first listen. And though I am older I find it still extremely enjoyable and satisfying. It’s just one of those things. 🙂