Friday, January 14, 2011
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Antony, Vincent Gallo, Ben Harper, Norah Jones, Scarlett Johannson, Carly Simon, Steven Stills, Bob Weir and more appear on the soundtrack for Wretches & Jabbers, an autism documentary that was released today, Jan. 11, on iTunes.
In the film, two men with autism travel around the world, trying to alter people’s perceptions of the condition. Academy Award-winner Gerardine Wurzburg directed.
In college I listened to Carly Simon. One song in particular, Haven't Got Time for the Pain, always struck a chord with me. It was definitely the melody, not the lyrics. One line in the song never made much sense: "Suffering was the only thing made me feel I was alive." I never understood what it meant. After all, when you are in college, fun and happy things make most of us feel alive. Why would anybody want to suffer to feel alive?
After college when the Baby Boomers started to become exercise nuts, the saying "No Pain No Gain" was popular. That was an understandable kind of suffering. After all, muscle aches and pains are positive feedback to reassure us that our workouts are really doing what they are intended to do.
Then came cancer. Suffering took on a new meaning. Sort of. Maybe it was really the fear of suffering that got to me and gets to other people who have cancer or have a friend or loved one with cancer.