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Single Serving: Double Feature: 2nd Feature
by psychologist, Dr Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr BLT

*Single:* Nickelback's/ If Everyone Cared/
from the CD, /All the Right Reasons

Phantom Tollbooth visitors:  Hear my cover of the song here:

If Everyone Cared
Dr BLT's cover of Nickelback hit:

The hits from Nickelback's /All the Right Reasons/, released in 2005 just keep coming and they've got this and one other one on the charts ight now.

This song can be much more than a guilty pleasure.  If you haven't discovered them already, I'll give you /All the Right Reasons /to fall in love with the song.

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky Confusing stars for satellites

I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight

Singing amen I, I'm alive(I'm alive)
Singing a-amen I, I'm alive/

/If everyone cared and nobody cried,
If everyone loved and nobody lied,
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride,
Then we'd see the day, when nobody died/

Nickelback has long been typecast by critics as a purveyor of obsequious, maudlin, sticky-sweet pop rock.  So it is no suprise that the majority of high-profile music critics have been cool with their kudos and parsimonious with their praise as it pertains to this mid-western Canadian band.  However, a critic would have to be pretty cold-hearted not to be the least bit touched by this passionately delivered tribute to all that is kind, all that is gentle and all that is charitable in the hearts of humankind.  The song tugs at the heart, leaving all but the most hardened of souls reaching deep into their pockets, their purses, and their wallets and giving liberally to the first noble cause or tatterdemalion beggar that they come across.

The lyrics are liberally imbued with what the world needs most----unbridled compassion, heartfelt empathy and Christ-like magnanimity.  If the late great Princess had lived long enough to hear the song, she would have likely made it one of her favorites and it would have served as the perfect theme song for the recent day-long tribute to Diana and the legacy of largess she left behind.   The music, though certainly not carving out any new creative territory for the band, is every bit as moving as the lyrics are compelling.

The music video accompanying the song raises the profiles of 4 magnanimous souls - Bob Geldof, Betty Williams, Peter Benenson, and Nelson Mandela.  By shining a light on these advocates of world peace and harmony Chad Kroeger and the rest of the Nickelback crew have likely broadened their audience to include much more members of the cognoscente.  While certainly not having the capacity to cause heartburn in prairie "dawgs" like me, the song, and its message is probably more than the average clean-cut meat-and-potatoes pop rock fan from the mid-west will choose to digest.  But even folks all-too-easy to haughtily label "right-wing rednecks" by the liberal elite are sure to have a "Bono"-fide moment of eagerness to make the world a better place as they listen to this song.

Here's my rating on the "therapeutic value" meter: 4.5 out of 5


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