July 16 — PUT THE MESSAGE IN THE BOX, World Party (1990)

IMG_1943In the summer of 1986, the English band Cutting Crew hit No. 1 in the U.S., with “(I Just) Died in Your Arms.” The song has resurfaced on the “Lego Batman” soundtrack, meaning it’s on heavy-rotation at our house.

For me, it has dredged up a small pack of MTV-friendly artists from the era who started on the outskirts, but got a nose under the tent of mainstream radio — Frozen Ghost, Icehouse, The Church, Crowded House, Rhythm Corps, and the forever under-appreciated World Party. Which led me to this song.

On Friday night, Lauren, Luke and I attended a documentary screening and talk at the Oklahoma City Zoo featuring wildlife photographer Joel Sartore. He’s on a quest to photograph as many near-extinct animal species as possible during his career. He’s up to 5,000. He hopes to reach at least 10,000.

It was inspiring to hear Sartore speak about his deep devotion to such a narrow subject. He implored the audience to support local zoos and nature preserves, to learn about the world around them, and protect its inhabitants from poachers, disease and neglect.

Which leads me again to this song: “See the world in just one grain of sand. You better take a closer look, don’t let it slip right through your hand. Won’t you please hear the call …”



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