Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Remedy

Lyric poetry, sez Wikipedia,
is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal emotions or feelings, typically spoken in the first person. The term derives from a form of Ancient Greek literature, the lyric, which was defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre. The term owes its importance in literary theory to the division developed by Aristotle between three broad categories of poetry: lyrical, dramatic, and epic.
As much of a sucker as I am for the latter two, sometimes the lyre can strike a chord.

Out at my local for Sunday brunch, I heard Jason Mraz's "The Remedy" come over the Spotify. 
...We will cure this dirty old disease
Well, if you've got the poison, I've got the remedy
The remedy is the experience
This is a dangerous liaison
I say the comedy is that it's serious
This is a strange enough new play on words
I say the tragedy is how you're gonna spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well, it all amounts to nothing in the end
I won't worry my life away....
"The remedy is the experience" – vaccination in a nutshell.

(If we were talking pedantry instead of pop, we would footnote that a vaccine is not exactly the same as a remedy. Sez the CDC, "Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them." But on a collective scale as opposed to an individual one, vaccination is indeed a remedy to the spread of contagious disease.)

(Besides, we're talking pop.)

And is it just me, or does "shine the light on all of your friends" sound suspiciously like community immunity? At least in a parallel Shadowpox universe.

Thanks, Jason.