As I was listening to both Rosalie Cunningham's latest album Two Piece Puzzle and Richard Digance’s song Working Class Millionaire on my iPod Touch, I remember it was just another day. My Dad send me an e-mail on what has happened. Another school shooting in Uvalde, TX that happened Wednesday. Everything came to a screeching halt when I watched the chaos unfolded.
There was this sense of déjà vu all over again. From Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Santa Fe, Parkland, and now Uvalde. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but watching what was going on the TV, the grieving of parents losing their kids in a shooting, the grief will be with them forever, and the pain will never go away.
19 children and 2 adults gunned down. Think about it, think about it. What is going on? The horrors of gun violence is still going on. Mind you, I’m not good at politics, but I need to ask your patience and believe me what I’m going to say on what has happened since the tragedy occurred Wednesday, may upset some people.
It’s terribly sad here in the State of Texas. And you can feel it in the air. I had no idea what to expect. Reading a comic book, playing the BioShock series for the umpteenth time, or writing the next review whether it’s progressive rock, metal, jazz, punk, or alternative music on Echoes and Dust.
But if you’re confused, angry, filled with sadness and grief, as I’ve mentioned before the pain will never go away. It will be with them, for the rest of time. I can’t imagine what the parents in Uvalde are going through right now after what happened at Robb Elementary School.
Texas has been my home since the day I was born. And for nearly 38 years, I haven’t left my hometown state. My family and I went through a lot; from surviving Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Rita, Ike, and Harvey, we kept going and made it through. Our House didn't flood, but we're still here. I can remember last year back in April when my Mom passed away, I didn’t do much reviewing. I didn’t want to talk to anyone on social media, nothing. I had to grieve a lot knowing that the piece of the puzzle was missing on that fateful Saturday morning on the 3rd of that day.
And the small piece of the puzzle, it is still missing a year later. The next question; how will the families move on? The answer; It’s going to be a very long, long time. I can remember the opening lines from Pink Floyd’s On the Turning Away which is; “On the turning away/From the pale and downtrodden/ And the words they say/Which we won’t understand/Don’t accept that what’s happening/Is just a case of others’ suffering/Or you’ll find that you’re joining in/The turning away.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that song yesterday. And what David Gilmour wrote in the song is about the political situations that’s going on in the world. Here’s my take on what the song is about. We have both sides from the left and right trying to decide how to prevent gun control, and sometimes they want to do things differently, but it can be really hard to watch them arguing back and forth on what’s going on.
And one final question which will be a very hard to answer, what is going to happen after the tragedy that occurred Wednesday? We may never know.