“Age of Distraction” by Simon Lynge – A Song Feature
The most effective protest songs are those with a poetic flow in identifying consequences of living in a troubled time, without claiming to have discovered the quick-fix solution. In their 1960s’ classic “For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield listed disquieting patterns and advised, “Everybody look what’s going down.” A few years later, Marvin Gaye described the times and concluded that only by talking to each other can opposing factions have the understanding required to even answer the question “What’s Going On?”
Simon Lynge paints a captivating portrayal of today's political and environmental climate in his track “Age of Distraction.” While we don’t view the role of a music blog as either supporting or refuting his observations, we admire and envy his skill in melodically and poetically raising awareness of issues. Thus, in giving the listener perspective, Lynge states, “Oceans full of plastic; it’s hard to be a human in a cynical machine; this is the only home we got; this tiny little blue dot.”
Simon Lynge’s sensitivity to the fragility of our existence as a planet is partially a result of spending his early years as a shepherd boy in the Greenland tundra. (he is now located in Port Townsend, Washington). In explaining “Age of Distraction,” Lynge said:
“I just wanted to acknowledge the underlying anxiety of existence in this age and the longing for connection that I believe is so pervasive in modern humans. We have instant access to information, but our knowledge of the source of a meaningful life is at an all-time low. We look out of our eyes and forget to observe with our heart.”
“Age of Distraction” is the first single from an album scheduled for release on November 23, 2018, via Integrity Records/Songcrafter Music. “Deep Snow” will be the fourth LP from Simon Lynge. Recorded in a secluded cottage in the green hills of Wales and in the eclectic atmosphere of London’s Narcissus Studios, the album is a collaboration with long-time friend and musical partner, Richard Lobb. In addition to Lynge (vocals, guitar) and Lobb (guitar, Rhodes, harmonica), the contributors to the album are Anders Pedersen (drums), Nicolai Land (bass), Janna Marit Knudson (backing vocals), and Martin Slattery (Rhodes, bass clarinet, clarinet, saxophone).