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I downloaded the WP app 

on my phone, while at work, and figured out my password, all in order to share this with you. (All two of you: Hi WR! Hi MA!) Because I literally spit citrus out of my mouth onto the keyboard when it happened. Let me set the scene.

R&B station on shuffle for the last 2 hours. Really deep into some new jams while I’m blogging for work. Like, actually kinda grooving at my desk. Peeling and eating some clementines. Next song comes on. Got some kind of slow 90s-00s crossover period Brandy/Monica/Toni/Janet vibes happening.

I won’t make you pull out

First line of the song. No fucking joke.
In the last month-ish I experienced some epically not-exactly-ready shit, but I was pretty unprepared to see someone beat Raphael Saadiq to the punch.

later: Shoutout to another song on this station which threatens to turn a pussy into a kiddie pool. Which sounds like no fun for anyone, really. That said: I like your sound, Dapper. 

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How do you know you were cool in high school?

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Now you walkin’ in the Danger Zone

You’re the love/lust interest of the guy who got to make the high school’s top-hits playlist for the magazine drive. Thanks, iTunes shuffle, for reminding me I may have peaked in 2002.

The Playlist

  1. ‘All I have’ – Jennifer Lopez Ft. LLCoolJ
  2. ‘Beautiful’ – Christina Aguilera
  3. ‘Air Force Ones’ – Nelly
  4. ‘Picture’ – Kid Rock ft. Sheryl Crow
  5. ‘In Da Club’- 50 Cent
  6. ‘Underneath it all’ – Gwen Stefani
  7. ‘Cry me a River’ – Justin Timberlake
  8. ‘Country Girl’ – DF Dub
  9. ‘I’m With You’ – Avril Lavigne
  10. ‘Bump, Bump, Bump’ – B2K, P.Diddy
  11. ‘Mesmerize’ – Ja Rule feat Ashanti
  12. ‘Don’t Mess with My Man’ – Nivea feat Jagged Edge
  13. ‘Lose Yourself’ – Eminem
  14. ‘Family Portrait’ – Pink
  15. ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ – Jay-Z feat Beyonce

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Ride

Still, possibly, the sexiest video ever. Damn girl. Those moves. Get it.

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Sam Smith Sings for SPECTRE: Here’s to Alliteration

Because, it seems, alliteration is all we’ve got.

When are they going to learn that a Bond song that’s not titled after the movie is a really terrible idea? I’ve stated before that for a song to be truly considered, in my opinion, it has to be named after the film title. Not that a film-titled-song is a guarantee of success (most people despise Die Another Day) but I do think it’s essential to creating the perfect theme. Unfortunately, the SPECTRE theme is no exception.

If you haven’t heard it, check out Sam Smith’s WRITING’S ON THE WALL which I know is available on Spotify.

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My first thoughts were that the musical score is SPOT ON. Nailed it. Sounds just like it should, especially coming off of SKYFALL. 

Without the musical score, the lyrics fall. Hard. In fact, the pacing and the lyrics feel like they could easily be applied to a Disney movie. Or maybe the next sappy John Legend loves Chrissy Teigen song. Don’t get me wrong–I love both of those possibilities. But they’re not Bond.

I have a few specific problems with the lyrics that I will address.
“I want to feel love” Bullshit. First of all, no. Bond? No. Secondly, remember the time he was married? I thought that sort of cured the love thing. Thirdly, I think there’s some point in one of the books where he talks about falling for all the women he bangs. [If I wasn’t supposed to be doing work for grad school right now, I’d dig out my notes. Maybe later.]

“If I risk it all” Don’t you, always, James? Haven’t you, already? Did you forget Teresa Bond? This is all for Queen and Country. You’re not delivering papers on an especially traffic-y street, my good man.

“When you’re not here I’m suffocating” This is just too much. Unless it’s referring to the job. In which, yes, Bond, you can’t survive without your 007 status. Not for long, anyway, the films suggest.

I’m a little bummed at the content, as well. Given the prominence of Spectre (the organization), the word’s association with ghosts, phantoms, spirits of the past, and all the skulls and imagery that have been produced for the film, that this isn’t more haunting or isn’t hitting at some of those areas. The context we know seems rife for songwriting.

There’s just something about WRITING’S ON THE WALL that is so soft after vulnerable after the strong, deliberate, willful SKYFALL. Initially it’s off-putting and inconsistent, but I know Smith knows more about the film than we do, so I can’t hate too much for that reason.

Also, I’m just going to say it: the falsetto is distracting. It takes me out of the Bond trance. I wonder how this will work on screen.

All of that being said, if you know Bond themes, you know they are often highly time specific. Songs like SKYFALL and GOLDFINGER and LIVE AND LET DIE are rare, especially when you consider the popularity of Adele and Paul McCartney And Wings. Artists like Madonna, Duran Duran, Garbage, and ultimately Sam Smith, contextualize the film within the world and time it’s produced. That in itself has a value and a place in the Bond Canon.

I admit the song needs to be imbibed in the context of the film, and I look forward to seeing and hearing it in theaters this fall. I like the song enough. I just wish it could have been more.

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It Wasn’t Me

But it seems to be me now…

The more I listen to Pandora’s 2000s Pop Radio, the more I think Shaggy had right with “Angel.”

Life is one big party when you’re still young. Happy Valentine’s, lovers.

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The Story of My Life with Pop (as sung by Lana Del Rey)

You're no good for me.

The title! The opening!

You win again, Pandora.

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this song makes me melt

No, there’s not some “you” in my life that I’m thinking of by posting this song. I think it’s so… true. Sometimes shitty, sometimes a relief. But true nonetheless. Whether it’s a breakup or a dwindled friendship or even someone who has passed away. And damnit, it just sounds so pretty. 

 

 

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Good Sign

This morning was a warm-but-cool, sunny, moon-roof-open-on-the-interstate kind of morning. It was also a Thursday-is-my-Friday kind of morning, because tomorrow I’m off to a weekend getaway in Lubbock.

Glorious, right?

Then this song came on:

Now, the last time I went to Lubs, I also went to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and St. Louis. It was a crazy-awesome fall and just a generally good time in my life, and I’ve always associated the song with traveling and happiness. Well, that and the fact the song is kind of about traveling and sex.

ANYWAY, it felt right having this little number come on this morning. Like it’s the right time to leave Des Moines for a bit. 

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Get Laid Before the World Ends

Hot sex with reckless abandon should be happening right now, before the Mayans’ prediction cockblocks us–permanently. What’s stopping you? Fuck the hangups and fuck everyone with this musical motivation.

Hey, the World is Ending, It’s Okay to Bone!
get motivated to make it happen while you still can

track one: don’t ask questions
Bedroom Dancing – Day One

She said, “Ask me no questions and
I’ll tell you no lies”
I said, “What about tomorrow?”
She said, “What about tonight?
Trust me baby, it’ll be alright”

track two: take a chance
Work Out – J Cole
So is life, take a chance roll a dice
Money can’t buy you love cause it’s over priced
Don’t overthink just hope it’s right
I’m only here for the night

track three: no time like the present
Quickly – John Legend/Brandy
I know we just met
But baby could you love me quickly, quickly?
I want you to love me
Like you know the world is about to end baby quickly

track four: this might be it for you
Red light special – TLC
Take a good look at it, look at it now
Might be the last time you’ll have a go round

track five: don’t think so hard
Lights Please – J Cole
And all the pain the world cause
She be healin’ that shit
And nah that ain’t your girl dog
But you be feelin’ that chick
And you just wanna tell her everything she might need
But in the mean time it’s lights please

track six: now or never
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Save tonight
And fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow
Tomorrow I’ll be gone

track seven: for those in the friendzone
John Legend – Cross the Line
Girl, you’ve been my best friend, can we put this to bed then?
Tonight’s the night to cross the line, baby won’t you be mine?
Not just my homegirl, time that I take you home, girl
Tonight’s the night to cross the line, let me love you tonight

track eight: for the Catholics and churchgoers
Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
They say there’s a Heaven for those who will wait
Some say it’s better but I say it ain’t
I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun

Sex! Just Do it!
get going already, everyone is doing it 

track one: that’s us
I.F.U. – Usher
I think sex is made for strangers

track two: no shame
Shut it Down – Drake/The Dream
But I refuse to feel ashamed
And if you feel the same
Does waiting really make us better people?
Take those fuckin heels off it’s worth it girl
Nothing is what I can picture you in
So take that fuckin’ dress off I swear you won’t forget me
You’ll be happy that you let me lay you down

track three: undebatable 
That’s What It’s Made For – Usher
Go on and hit it
That’s what it’s made for

track four: what’s the problem
Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado, Timbaland
You expect me to just let you hit it
But will you still respect me if you get it
All I can do is try, gimme one chance
What’s the problem I don’t see no ring on your hand

track five: it’s natural
Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel

Do It! With Me!
super subtle messages to seal the deal

Get Up On It – Keith Sweat
My Body – LSG
I Can Tell You Wanna Fuck– 504 Boyz
Come Get With Me – Keith Sweat and Snoop Dogg
Take Me Now – Justin Timberlake
Pony – Ginuwine
Touch It –Monifa
Rock Your World – Justin Timberlake
Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

Now, the logistics are up to you. If you’re interested in doubling back to an old joyride, take hints from John Mayer’s Who Says, Usher’s 2nd Round, and John Legend’s Another Again. They all agree, it’s pretty okay to re-bootycall. Looking for a fresh affair? Don’t be worried about her significant other: Ludacris (I Know You Got a Man) and Montell Jordan (Get It On Tonight) don’t really see the problem. Want to keep rawdogging it with the tried and true? Get it, girl. Think a hooker is a good (the only?) way to go? Pay it forward, man. I mean, shit…
We’re at world’s end here.

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Tired Traveler

10 hours in a plane. 8 hours in a car. 6 states and one District.

That doesn’t include the 8+ hours in an airport, time spent walking to brunches and in museums and from festival parking, or the hour-ish spent on the Metro.

I spent most of the weekend smelling like sweat, pot, and greasy food. And, yeah, I disappointedly missed seeing The Dark Knight Rises. But other than that, my first-time trip to DC-land was a wild success.

It’s 1 am work is going to be a bitch in the morning, but I’m so jacked on the weekend’s awesomeness that I can’t sleep.

  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Art museum exhibit on video games, including my favorite, The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Beer, wine, rum & coke and a casual night out
  • Step Up 2
  • Iota Cafe (egg, gruyere, veggie panini)
  • Faccia Luna (cannoli crepes)
  • Vapiano (pizza, pasta, free gummy bears!)
  • Firefly Music Festival

The crowning achievement, obviously, was Firefly, which I will discuss in some detail. Held in Dover, DE, we could only attend one day (and don’t I hate myself for missing John Legend on Friday), so we opted for the full-day Saturday. What was supposed to be two hours of traffic from Arlington turned into six when we hit a torrential rainstorm and beach-going traffic. But we made it through bumfuck Maryland and found ourselves at the magical festival grounds. The weather was superb, cloudy but warm, with a little rain, and a brief period of bright sunshine.

Despite reading a few “what to bring/do/prepare for a festival” articles, I wasn’t prepared. Important things I did not have included tutus, swimsuit tops, headbands/feathered headdresses, loose pot, long skirts, hula-hoops, tattoos, and a boyfriend of another race (all things which I plan to work on for next year). I also didn’t know that festival fare could be so delicious and reasonably priced–we overpaid for nothing, and wanted for nothing, including homemade ice cream sandwiches, macaroni and cheese pizza, and a wine bar.

There were four stages total, two acts performing at once. We missed the first portion of the day, but were glad to make it to all the shows we’d banked. We started with electronic dance, The Knocks (check it out), hopped over to see some old men known as Cake (remember them?), stayed back to avoid the mania for Modest Mouse (of course you remember this one), which was actually so we could get to Lupe Fiasco faster (this dude). Then the whole place clamored across the way to the main stage for headliner The Killers, who were kind enough to open with “Somebody Told Me” like I had hoped.

The Knocks were a close second for my favorite act, but Lupe fucking killed it. The crowd was off the hook and he had everyone dancing and signing. Definitely the best part of the day. And for that, here’s a short video of the final song. I think you just might know it.

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