Listening to Sting, I am reminded of how elegantly he often works with shadow projection.
In many of his songs he writes from a first person perspective about roles we often see as “other”.
In Tomorrow We’ll See it is a male transvestite prostitute. In Fill Her Up, a poor and uneducated gas station employee running off with the cash box. In I Hung My Head, a man who inadvertently becomes a murder.
From a first person perspective and in the context of a beautiful and catchy song, I am brought into the inside view of these situations. This allows me to see that it could be me, and open up for genuine empathy from recognition. It allows me to become a little more human.