[Powderworks] Mini Workers/20,000 Watt RSL DVD
Wed, 21 Aug 2002 15:34:52 -0400
I was viewing the 20,000 Watt RSL compilation today for the first time,
and my 3 year old son and 5 (turning 6 on Monday) year old daughter came
into the room as soon as they heard the music. They both love the Oils'
music and sing and dance along whenever I listen, but I was really
struck by my daughter's reaction. She has seen a few clips of live
performances and Black Fella White Fella, but no "videos" per se.
During the video for Pictures, she started asking lots of questions
about what was going on, why are the trees being cut, why are they
carrying those people away, etc. During The Dead Heart she wanted to
know what the song was about, and we talked about indigenous people all
around the world and injustices that have been done to them. By the
time it got to Beds are Burning, she turned to me with tears in her eyes
and said "Please turn it off, I can't watch any more Midnight Oil, it's
so sad". We have talked before about some of the issues the songs are
about - she is quite a sensitive earth child and has an innate love of
nature and a fascination with the native people of North America, but
the images in the videos were just too strong for her. I probably
should have been more aware of that before letting her watch.
We talked about how some songs are fun to sing and dance to, and some
songs are about serious subjects, and how there are lots of people who
want to change things that aren't right in the world. I just found it
interesting that Midnight Oil opens up such an opportunity for talking
with my children about so many things, and that there are not always
easy answers. Anyone else have any similar stories?