Thursday Three #47

Observations on three songs from the local Top 40 station:

  1. Ariana Grande – “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” Everything about this song is repulsive. I have never liked Ariana Grande; she always struck me as, frankly, ditzy and a bit of a slut. Or maybe I’m conflating her with her character from that idiotic Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat. I can only hope she wrote the song with a sense of humor because it could be funny, but I just can’t find the humor. Someone should write a song in response called “Stay Away from My Boyfriend, Get a Life.”
  2. Post Malone – “Better Now.” For some reason, I love everything I have heard by Post Malone. He has such a chill persona. When I listen, I feel like I’m wearing a stained tank top, sitting on an ancient couch in a filthy apartment with cigarette smoke floating around me, and drinking a beer while my homies banter in the kitchen. That is the vibe of his music. This song is about a guy with a broken heart, but even so, he still sounds so calm about it. This lyric sums it all up: “Life, it goes on, what can you do?”
  3. Marshmello, CHVRCHES – “Here with Me.” Probably the sweetest, most innocuous song on the radio today. I doubt I hear it much in a couple of months because of that, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Reminds me of freshman year of high school, where life was all about innocent crushes and the biggest problem I had was homework.

Thursday Three #46

  1. The Simpsons is apparently turning 30 this year. I used to be a huge fan of the series in middle school and high school, but lately, I’ve basically given up watching TV. Shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy are funny, but because they are also offensive, I started to feel kind of slimy from liking them and laughing at the stupid jokes. My husband and I watched the entire first season of Disenchantment (same creator as The Simpsons), which we found funny, but again, watching it was a slimy experience. I suppose those shows are my guilty pleasure.
  2. At my job, there has been a small push for people to start putting their preferred pronouns in their email signatures. Rainbow-colored lanyards were distributed for the Transgender Day of Remembrance (I’m still not clear on exactly what that is). In a word, things are getting more “progressive.” If they are as truly “inclusive” as they say they are, they won’t force me to conform.
  3. For some reason, I got re-obsessed with Bella Morte, a gothic band that I used to like when I was in college. They did really good covers of “Earth Angel” and “My Heart Will Go On,” as well as The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Soma,” which was how I found out about them in the first place. The lead singer’s voice is probably one of my favorite male singing voices. I don’t know exactly what it is about it that I like.

Thursday Three #45

  1. If you want to read something extremely creepy, I would recommend Josh Malerman’s novel Inspection. It’s like a mix of The Giver and Never Let Me Go, but darker than both of those combined. I would go so far as to say that it reminds me of something Dean Koontz or Stephen King would write… and that’s a compliment. The premise: What happens when two crazy scientists decide to conduct an experiment to determine whether genius really is distracted by the opposite sex?
  2. Having a child has given me incentive to write, which doesn’t make sense. I thought that once I had the baby, I would be tired 24/7 and never feel like doing anything. The opposite is true. It’s almost like I finally realized my own mortality and that I had better accomplish what I want to before I’m dead. What a strange feeling.
  3. Notre Dame. It is a shame that the cathedral burned, and is probably symbolic of the decline of Western civilization, but as with most news events, there is nothing that most people, as individuals, can do about it. We can pray, and that’s basically it. Freaking out is not going to solve anything. If you want to slow the decline of Western civilization, work on your own life and your own mentality first.