I stumbled across The Cranberries on the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. They played their hit “Zombie” from the ’90s. This Irish band was obviously coming from their own context in a song with strong words about the pain of violence and the deathly numbing of our brains as we silence ourselves: “When the violence causes silence, we must be mistaken…” The haunting vocals of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan are prefect for the lyrics. But I heard it in the wake of the mass slaughter in Las Vegas, the latest in a long string of mass killings to which we respond with mere prayers and no change in our laws or behavior. “Zombie” the spirit of the times captures it perfectly.
Catch The Cranberries in their Tiny Desk Concert: