Jason Mraz is one of my very favorite singer-songwriters these days. It started with "I'm Yours," but his most recent album, Love Is a Four-Letter Word, has some great songs that capture a spirit that I haven't heard in popular music for a long time.
Right now, my favorite is "I Won't Give Up." I was listening to it this morning--the day after the Boston Marathon bombing--and realized that it pretty much captures how I feel about our country these days. Our country has become fascinated with violence, greed, and, ultimately, the stubborn ignorance of radical ideology. These have been with us for many decades, but, today, they have clouded the great light of caring and community that is American democracy at its best. Still, in the face of this ugliness, as Mraz says, "I won't give up."