For some strange reason, I fell in love with “Les Misérables” when I was in high school and the relationship persists, getting deeper and more involved over the years. I’ve read the book, seen the live musical performances, and watched all the film adaptations many times. I had the soundtrack on CD for years and when my new truck came with an SD card to play music from, my husband added a “soundtrack” file of my three favorites, including a ripped file of my CD.
I listen to it often, usually when I’m driving alone and just feel the need to sing along and pretend that I can hold a note with no one around to protest.
“Then join in the fight That will give you the right to be free!”
It bugs me every time.
We are not “given” our rights, we are born with them. When we do not exercise them, we allow them to atrophy and become subjugated to the will of others. We don’t fight to be given anything. We are not slaves and should fight to take our inalienable rights back from those who believe their will is more important.
Hmm…maybe that is why I’m stuck on those two songs. I’m less interested in the romance and more interested in the revolution. We have forgotten the power of the individual.