Sunday, December 19, 2010

Debates and Life on Mars

I attended the RAILSPLITTER DEBATE INVITATIONAL at LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL in DES MOINES yesterday.
Our debater, KERSTIN, went 2-2, with her two losses coming against the first- and third-placed competitors at the event, which drew a dozen high school debate teams from across the state.

We're very proud of Kerstin.

The two of us were tired after the day-long competition, so when we returned to my brother- and sister-in-law's house Kerstin crawled up on the couch and I found a bed and listened to "LIFE ON MARS" by DAVID BOWIE again and again and again.

"Sailors fighting in the dance hall. Oh man! Look at those cavemen go. It's the freakiest show. Take a look at the lawman beating up the wrong guy. Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know. He's in the best-selling show. Is there life on Mars?"

The Daily Telegraph once named "Life on Mars" the top rock song, ahead of "Let it Be" by The Beatles. I'm not sure the place of "Life on Mars" is quite that exalted, but I do love the song.

Bowie sounds so impassioned, even if the lyrics seem more head-scratching than profound.

Maybe Kerstin and her opponents could debate its merits some day?