Brett Dennen – Ain’t No Reason
The first time I heard this song, I cried.
I’m not ashamed to admit that in the slightest, after you’ve listened to I’m sure you’ll feel a twang on your emotional heartstrings too. The song was played to me over four years ago on a friend’s iPod while we sat in a café in the Tibetan refugee settlement in India and it instantly became my favourite song, my anthem. It’s safe to say at every opportunity I could get to steal the iPod or listen to it on YouTube I took and when I came back to the UK after sleeping, downloading it was the first thing I did.
It moves me not because of a heart pumping base or a wicked guitar solo but down to the stunningly powerful lyrics. For me personally, despite it melancholy themes the song inspires me hugely. Whenever I feel disheartened by what I’m doing, no matter how helpless I feel as an individual struggling for human rights in Tibet or just after a crappy day I put this song on and it relights my dwindling motivation.
I find it hard to put into words how or why this song above all others inspires me to do better, perhaps as some the lyrics almost sound like a challenge, “There ain’t no reason things are this way. Its how they always been and they intend to stay. I can’t explain why we live this way, we do it everyday.” It’s also because it taps into to all things people despair about human society; slave labour, racism, hatred, war, debt, lying politicians, you name it and yet the song hints at some sort of hope.
Enough of my words, listen to his and listen carefully.
A brief description of the video from Brett himself:
“It is our routines and our comforts that allow us to ignore social issues. For some of us, it is our privilege to be ignorant. This video tells the story of social issues challenging our privileges and entering our routines making them impossible to ignore. Social injustice cannot be ignored when you are forced to deal with them. That is the idea behind this video.
What would happen if you were forced to deal with something that you may think has nothing to do with you? If suddenly the world’s problems came into your
own home? You would have to realize that you are connected to everything and everyone one earth.”