by Robert Wilkinson
Having seen “The Colbert Report” where Steven the chameleon did an amazing thing with my old acquaintance Willie Nelson and Richard Holbrook, former UN ambassador and major league political heavyweight, I am again reminded of Saint Willie’s ability to bridge the nations.
I met and had the privilege of serving Willie long ago, when I created his field hospital. This was the only way that he could hold his "4th of July Picnic" concerts just outside of Austin without violating the Texas Mass Gatherings Act. A nod here goes to the class act named Ann Richards, who I also testified in front of and found to be most elegant.
For those who need to know more, I did it so no one would die in the hot sun in Texas in July from too much partying. We succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of anything this “fool” could imagine, mainly due to the efforts of many medical professionals who volunteered selflessly with joy at the prospect of serving the public health (while getting a great concert to boot!) And of course his tour bus is a thing of legend, one I came to know well, then and afterwards.
On the Colbert Report, Willie again weaved his magic at bridging the worlds. The idea of Colbert, a Taurus, with Richard Holbrook, another Taurus, and Willie, the ultimate Taurus, all singing “On the Road Again,” was a moment to ponder. A major media wit, a political heavyweight, and a living musical legend, every one a Taurus, all came together to prove that there is more that unites us than divides us. This is indicative of the genius of the human condition and the sweet steady connectedness that Taurus symbolizes.
Here was an "in your face" wag (as they used to call people of his ilk), along with guests, all showing up together on the stage of life to create a surrealistic moment. This was a class act of the first degree, demonstrating that music and art can create magic moments of harmony which could very well show us all the way to the path beyond discord. Taurus rules the principle of harmony and stability; what could be more pleasant than three people from radically different realities all singing together?
Without waxing polemic, this is the time to bridge differences, within and without, to unify our inner nature with our highest intention. That such miracles exist in the public media is testimony that goodness, truth, and beauty reign supreme over the white noise of modern existence.
We are capable of greater miracles and wonder than we imagine, if we but imagine a greater thing than our prejudices would stifle. To think an old Texan musician and free thinker, a slick media satirist, and a well-established international political heavyweight could all come together on stage and show us that our similarities far outweigh our differences is a remarkable situation. Something to ponder as we stand on the threshold of a new era.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson