Nazanin Afshin-Jam was born in Tehran, and emigrated to Canada as a babe in arms. Among her many talents can be listed beauty queen, scholar and qualified pilot. Undoubtedly she has songwriting talents too, and just as undoubtedly she wrote and recorded "Someday" with the best of intentions, but there can be no doubt that it was also written to take a swipe at the ruling theocracy in the land of her birth, including Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In September 2008, she organised the "Ahmadinejad's Wall of Shame" rally as he was addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Few statesmen in modern times have been subjected to such vitriol as Iran's charismatic President. Though Ahmadinejad is not alluded to directly in the song, it is what he stands for - in her eyes - that the song attacks. It begins:
"They were on the march then
They filled our minds with hate
They deceived the nation
In the name of religion..."
It remains to be seen where she gets the "our minds", Nazanin was born in 1979; people who are actually old enough to remember the overthrow of the Shah and the institution of the Islamic theocracy will recall that the self-styled liberals and progressives welcomed the revolution as yet another kick in the teeth for Western Imperialism. It was only when the Ayatollahs turned on the leftists that they changed their minds. Having said that, if one takes a less parochial view, as the song infers, it is a fair effort, though it remains to be seen what she means by "progressive revolution". As long as it doesn't involve bombing Iran, as some self-styled human rights activists have suggested, there may yet be hope for Nazanin, and for the rest of mankind.
Alexander Baron - London, England