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Wind of Change

“We were not just a band singing about these things; we were a part of these things.” — Klaus Meine

Who can see the wind or predict where it will blow? Who could have predicted when the Berlin Wall would fall?

When the West German rock band called The Scorpions released their profoundly understated “Wind of Change” in early 1991, I came to associate it with the big change that blew hard in my personal life half a year later: moving from Utah, USA, to Hessen, West Germany.

I recently heard the song again for probably the first time since the 1990’s and immediately felt a sense of how momentous the song must have been at the time when I was still too young to appreciate it. So I did a little reading.

With Putin’s Anti-Glasnost tactics actively trying to reverse the progress made since Perestroika, the song feels very bitter-sweet today. “It holds the record for the best-selling single by a German artist” and was performed for Mikhail Gorbachev at the Kremlin because his grandkids loved the song so much.

Gorbachev grandchildren, where are you now? Are you still “dreaming away in the wind of change”?

I don’t listen to much hard rock any more. The culture surrounding it is usually not enlightening, to say the least. But history like this ought to be remembered. I recommend this Rolling Stones interview with the band, as long as you mentally steer clear of the “hard rock culture”.

And, of course, the song itself is on YouTube:

Follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers

The future’s in the air
Can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

I am still as optimistic as this song is about the future. The Spirit of God is the Wind of Change. It will not stop blowing until every “Berlin Wall” has fallen down. I pray we can walk together with the wind instead of against it, helping each other dodge the rocks as they fall.

Nice explanation of the history of the song from the “Behind The Song” Podcast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASc4LBogMho&list=WL&index=3&t=5s

News after writing this:

The last line of the story reports that “Gorbachev had a daughter, Irina, and two granddaughters.” These granddaughters must have been the ones to ask for Western music.

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Thomas Packer, Ph.D.

Thomas Packer, Ph.D.

I do data science (QU, NLP, conversational AI). I write applicable-allegorical fiction. I draw pictures. I have a PhD in computer science and I love my family.