While we’re at it, here’s a live version of “Cleaning Windows” from 1982:
In bed this morning I realized that I had glided right over a key point — maybe the key point — about this song. In some systems of belief it is held that a child arrives in the world in a state of purity, with its perceptions unclouded by unnecessary thought. As life goes on this purity is gradually obscured by acquired conditioning; the process of enlightenment consists of scrubbing away the accumulated layers of grime. If successful, one arrives again at something resembling the original childlike state.
Childhood is where we’ll pick up next time.
This made my morning. 2020 is turning around.
Cleaning Windows represents 2 sentiments to me, there is a zen, be in the moment, focus on what you are doing thing and there is a Van throwing shade at rock journalists and the fans that insist that he be something more than a songwriter thing.
Van channeling Mike Rowe. Or maybe it’s the other way around.