Wind of Change

It’s been three weeks since my last post and to be honest, I just haven’t been in the mood to share. Writing about jigsaw puzzles, baking bread and making donuts seems trivial and a bit insensitive, given what’s going on right now, both at home, around the country and around the world. But a couple of days ago, I started listening to a podcast called ‘Wind of Change’ and feel like I’ve found my voice again.

My friend Sonja happened to mention/recommend ‘Wind of Change’ a few weeks ago when we were out for one of our power walks. And then I saw it mentioned again in a recent issue of The Week magazine under Noteworthy podcasts. So I fired up the first episode when I went walking the other day and was instantly hooked.

For those of you who haven’t heard of ‘Wind of Change’ – it a podcast about how the CIA was (potentially?) responsible for writing this song by The Scorpions back in 1990 as a part of a larger covert operation. Quick history recap – 1990 was when the Berlin wall came down and the USSR was disbanded. I happened to be a big fan of The Scorpions back in those days and have actually seen them in concert twice – at the Monsters of Rock concert at the LA Coliseum and in Sacramento when I was at UC Davis. So of course I knew the song well, as well as how apropos it was, given when it was released. But I didn’t know how massively huge this song was on a global scale (and still is) and the thought that the CIA actually wrote it is just nuts. I’m basically the perfect audience for this podcast and even though I’m only three episodes in, I’ve found myself singing along during the occasional musical interlude to songs like “Still Loving You” and “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”

I’m not going to give anything away for two reasons. First, I have no clue how it ends. Second, it’s way more enjoyable to listen to it than to have me paraphrase. I can assure you that it’s funny, informative and engaging. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s walk so I can listen to episode four. If you have free time or just need a break from the news, give it a whirl.

So why am I writing about a podcast about a heavy metal power ballad? Because this song, albeit written 30 years ago, is just as poignant today as it was back in 1990. Here are the lyrics:

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away (dream away)
In the wind of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever
I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams (share their dreams)
With you and me
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night…

We are on the precipice of real change. And regardless of who wrote ‘Wind of Change’ – the Scorpions or the CIA – they pretty much nailed it.

#BlackLivesMatter

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