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Sunday 31st October
Clash of Crazy Peace Trains
If you wish for something hard enough, it’s strange how even without praying for it the wish suddenly’s dropped at your door. That was how I felt when an invite to join the Rally for Sanity from Jon Stewart and his ‘Foxy’ cohort, Stephen Colbert, arrived. After grieving a little recently for the disappearance of those reverberating ‘peace waves’ of music and bulldozing optimism of the 60’s (The Never Ending Rainbow), the message came: why not join us at the Rally on the 30th of October? Oh my God! What a good idea. That’s all there was to it.
The skit that the two guys had dreamt up for me was to play Peace Train, nice and soft until Ozzie Osbourne blaring, “all aboard!!” drives me out with a Roots’ backed version of Crazy Train. Then the two titan trains fight it out, skidding along the tracks. This’ll never happen, I thought myself.
Lo and behold, four days later after a frenzied exchange of e-mails and calls with the wish-driven power engine of Jon and his team, I was on board a plane heading for Washington with my ebony J200.
The show was a huge success. At a time when battle clouds are gathering and the country is bracing itself for another dangerous political showdown, about one hundred and fifty thousand ‘sanity seekers’ converged on the Capital and enjoyed a blissfully sunny, bright and funny Autumn afternoon on the lawn.
This event may not change the world, or the destiny of the elections, but it was great reminder of the peaceful hopes of many, to rise up and re-state their ardent wish for more sanity and less fear. Glad I was there.Tweet