I bought the Bonnie Raitt album Green Light (1982) from the $3 bin at Landlocked the other day - mostly because it has the song “Me and the Boys” which is just a phenomenal track. But it turns out that this album mostly just ROCKS. Side B is driving me crazy - check out this track, “Baby Come Back”. It’s one of the many great songs on this album. Bonnie was really grooving in 1982!
Postscript E.L. Konigsburg: “Konigsburg taught, in her famous novel, that “happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.” She may be gone, but her books still teach that lesson.” http://nyr.kr/ZH0v2q
One of my all time favorite books for young people and adults!
My Ten Favorite Songs:
“This Must Be the Place” - Talking Heads
“Greetings to the New Brunette” - Billy Bragg
“Hounds of Love” - Kate Bush
“Can’t Hardly Wait” - The Replacements
“Game of Pricks” - Guided By Voices
“Romeo and Juliet” - Dire Straits
“This is the Day” - The The
“Damaged I” - Black Flag
“Web in Front” - Archers of Loaf
“Turnpike Gates” - Lifetime
1. I am a major proponent of lists. Have you ever asked someone to list their top 5 or 10 _______? I haven’t for a long time, because thankfully I realized that that’s a really annoying thing to do. But generally, when you do ask for lists, people will be like “Oh, I can’t narrow it down to just (x).” I don’t understand this position. So much of being human is about narrowing complexity down to easy to use (and deeply, deeply flawed) systems. I’m sorry if some heinous nerds have tricked you into thinking that the top 10 list somehow has to be more than a completely subjective and incredibly reductive means of expressing emotional attachment to certain pieces of media, because that is all it is. The Top 10 list is not a monolith. You can create and destroy it at your leisure.
2. I declared “This Must Be The Place” as my favorite song of all time at around age 14 or 15, and since that time I’ve watched it be exploited in numerous ways. Not that it wasn’t an immensely popular song before, but I feel like I’ve seen it pop up in a lot of movies over the past couple years (including the Sean Penn movie “This Must Be The Place,” which pretty much uses the song as the basis for its entire score) and I’ve heard a lot of sub-par covers (was it MGMT or Passion Pit that covered it at the peak of their popularity?). Regardless, I don’t see it ever moving. It’s a perfectly written song. It’s rare that I actually listen to it, though. It takes something out of me every time.
3. You’ll notice that a lot of this list consists of signature songs, title tracks, and songs that are featured prominently on movie soundtracks. This is partly because I think universality is still an important criteria in determining what your personal “favorite” things are, and partly because I might not actually have any taste in music.
4. The sore thumb on this list is obviously Lifetime’s “Turnpike Gates.” I guess maybe some people might see Dire Straits and Black Flag as pretty incongruous (I don’t), but for the uninitiated, “Turnpike Gates” might as well be a New Found Glory song, and in the presence of something as purely transcendental as “Hounds of Love,” this might be kind of unforgivable. If this was a mixtape, I’d leave it off, but understand that just thinking about the first 10 seconds of this song puts me in a better mood. I stand by it.
This Must Be The Place is the most perfect song. John mentions other great songs, too. I can’t come up with a top 10 songs list but I can come up with a number one song and this is it.
(My top 10 list includes at least one Paul Simon song, too. I haven’t gotten much further than that though.)
Sometimes I think about high school and remember that when our principal told this dude (on Halloween) that he had to take off the dress he was wearing, and said that boys can’t wear dresses, TONS of dudes at my school started wearing dresses and skirts to school every day for weeks (people were bringing all the skirts/dresses they owned to share, too). I would estimate that the majority of upperclass dudes wore dresses/skirts at various points during this push back. It was awesome. Eventually the principal left the school (we pushed back hard against every shitty thing she tried to do - a whole committee was formed of upset students and parents). The J. Graham Brown School has a long history of supporting GLBTQ kids, people dressing in drag, and just letting people be badasses. What a cool place. Brown School, baby.
Some teens in the Baltimore area have been using “yo” as a gender-neutral pronoun.
I love this. I’d really like “yo” to work its way in to my vocabulary as a less clunky or weird gender neutral than their, zee, etc. Maybe what I’m saying is that I want this to be appropriated? I haven’t had time or input to think through this but my initial feeling is “Yes!” - thoughts?
No. You had sex with a girl when you were a child. It ended in pregnancy. You are attacking the morality of a 14 year old girl who terminated a pregnancy that would have resulted in a child that neither you or her had the capacity to care for. A girl that preserved your and her own youth, and stopped a child being raised in circumstances that are not fit for any child. You really should be assessing your own morality. What kind of 14 year old boy fucks a 14 year old girl, without protection, gets her pregnant and then runs an online smear campaign against her for doing what was best for her, her family and you? What? You think you had the capacity to raise a child at age 14/15? How would you feed it or look after it? You wouldn’t. You were going to dump it on her or your own parents, live like the carefree little shit you are and occasionally play with the child when you could be bothered and think “Wow, what a good, brave young father I am.” You made the mistake, she went through the trauma of saving your youth for you. You owe her so much better than this. You absolutely disgust me. Less than forward-slash three, you’re real fucking remorseful. That’s poetry that is. You’re breaking my heart kid. That girl should have every right to decide what she wants to do to her body. The idea that you should take responsibility and give birth implies that you are responsible to this fetus and you owe it something. A pregnant person does not owe a fetus anything any more than they owe you an apology for being alive. Try again, pro lifers. Pro-Choice.
thank you for summing up how angry this made me ^^ #prochoice
Seriously, kid. If you’re too immature to understand what was said you there… you are too immature to raise a child (and probably too immature to have sex).
respect girls and their choices, dude. she isn’t a murderer.