Tuesday, July 8, 2008

one of us

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and in jesus and the saints and all the prophets
lyrics by eric bazilian (of the hooters)

joan osbourne popularized bazilian's song 'one of us'. released in 1995 it soon became a commercial success - it topped the pop charts and catapulted joan into the limelight (soon after the song's release joan received a grammy nomination). joan sang a slightly different version of the song as the theme song for the television show "joan of arcadia" that ran from september 2003 to april 2005. I was a fan of the series and was quite disappointed when it was cancelled (yeah, I know.....I'm can be a real dweeb)

joan was born on 8 july 1962. joan singing 'one of us' (4:46) pretty infectious, n'est-ce pas?

photo: god (e.g.one of us) & his traveling house lakewood, 2008


dennis said...

Dennis likes so many elements of this photo. the man's feet seem to show his weariness, yet he walks on. On the right, roses are being advertised, but the rest of the background is very plain, so the man and his stuff really stands out. This tells many stories.

edward said...

happy birthday joan osbourne.

tut-tut said...

I agree with Dennis; what will this man be doing on his birthday?

R.L. Bourges said...

this man is so neat - do you think he has a personal organizer?

Coffee Messiah said...

Before I left the bay area, all around the city you'd see many people, both young and old, dumpster diving for survival.

That's what that photo reminds me of.

No visuals like that out here, that I've noticed.....

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dennis - I think I've seen this guy a couple times around in the hood, but he's always so focused on where he's going I've never been able to feel comfortable chatting him up.

eddie - joan's a cutie!

tut - next time I run into this guy, I'll have to remember to ask him when his birthday is... maybe I can bake him a cake. I would like that.

rlb - well I have a cousin who is really honestly and truly a professional organizer..... she's terrific and if I had any money I'd hire her to organize my house!!

coffee - shit where do you live where you don't have guys like this about???? we got plenty of 'visuals' like this around and about my fair city of cleveland - stange as it might sound I'm glad ...for if not for the grace of god, go I.... grok? but I know you are a totally cool dude and would grok...love you blog and all your associations....but yeah, where the heck are you????

cbb said...

Kimy, like Coffee describes there simply aren't scenes where I live either like the powerful, poignant one you captured in your photograph. I'm in a small town with a population well under 10,000, and the absence of homeless people on the streets makes me wonder if somehow small towns are more actively rejecting of the homeless. Or maybe small towns feel more intimidating to the homeless, in the sense that they would fear they would stand out. I wonder if there's a kind of anonymity that can be found in bigger cities that is ironically safer, in the sense of a larger homeless community and the hope of better supporting resources.

Enough speculation. I guess mainly I wanted to point out that the size of the town/city where one lives can play a role here...

Inspiring song - I had never heard it - thanks!

jenclair said...

I suspect that in small towns (at least those I've lived in) know who everyone is or are related in some way. This personal knowledge of an individual and his background can provide a safety net for the poor and the disturbed that may not be available in the anonymity of larger cities.

As usual, great photo that evokes interesting discussion.

LOVE the song. I've never heard it before.

Steve Reed said...

I like the sentiment of the song, but I have to confess I always hated Joan Osbourne's version. I think I just heard it too much.

Terrific photo!

WAT said...

Wow, I would've had no idea about Joan's b-day and that song's history, but thanks to this post, now I'm schooled!

Joan looks so awesome in this vid. And she certainly sang the song amazingly.