A desperately needed hero, in a sea of teenage wasteland.
Oatmeal:I knew a woman who would offer up mealy mouthed excuses like
"I just outgrew it" or "I'm still spiritual" because she
didn't want her LDS family and loved ones to become offended and brand her
as "anti". I, on the other hand, prefer a much more direct approach,
one that is peppered with historical factoids and political musings. Funny:
people don't like that either. Either way, for us exmos, it's a
lose/lose. You really have to decide if you want the faithful to judge you as
fickle or anti and then word your explanation accordingly (not that you owe
anybody an explanation, but I digress).What you will probably never
understand is that we haven't failed to live our religion, we have made the
choice to DUMP our religion for something more palatable and progressive.
Either that or we're just really really lazy. Yeah, that's probably
it. We're just a bunch of religious failures. Way to nail it, Oatmeal.
RanchHand ... Mr Flowers doesn't need an "attempt at being
popular". He already is. Much more than you or me. And look at the news of
this world we live in ... we don't have enough 'feel-good fluff'
to read about.
I have so much respect for Brandon Flowers. He flew from Las Vegas, where he
was performing, to Iowa to visit a terminally ill little boy. Brandon and his
group The Killers were this little boy's favorite band. Brandon sat and
visited with him for a few hours and they played music together and
sang...Brandon really does live his faith and in the world of music today, that
is quite rare. Thank you for this article!
Excuse me RanchHand, but this is an article in the "Faith" section of
the Deseret News, so why not report about people's faith? And reading
about a rocker who is part of a well-known group that lives a moral life, and
wants to write uplifting lyrics is certainly newsworthy, at least as much as the
"man eats dog" kind of dribble that permeates most news these days.
This isn't the first piece in the DN about Brandon Flowers. It seems like
just another attempt at being popular. So he's willing to talk about his
faith with others. This is news? Sorry all, but "feel-good" fluff
His courage is inspiring
Cool. I am tired of people, many of them friends and associates, failing to
live their religion and then falling back on the excuse that they "have
outgrown it" or that they are not orthodox, but that they are still
"spiritual." That is really just all talk. Kudos to Brandon Flowers
for walking the walk.
I will have to check out some of his latest music. He has a great voice and
awesome sound but I ended up deleting the tunes I downloaded a couple of years
ago because the lyrics made me uncomfortable. I am pleasantly surprised to know
that he is being more cautious with what he writes, I would like to try again.
Regardless of his religion, he seems like a genuine guy.
Like Moontan, I'd almost given up on rockers, he is indeed refreshing.
It is very refreshing, encouraging to hear of a rocker who hasn't fried his
brain with narcotics, and whose interview doesn't have to be bleeped every
other word. Good on Brother Flowers!