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this is a dumb song and why

So everyone and their mother’s status is the sung chorus of this song, “Airplanes” by B.O.B feat. Hayley Williams. Sure it is catchy and cute. But it upsets me so much for one reason: the chorus’ use of the word “like.”

It goes like this:

Can we pretend that airplanes

In the night sky

Are like shooting stars

I could really use a wish right now

Wish right now, wish right now

Sure, fine, whatever. It is kind of a cheesy simile. Except the simile makes little no sense. Airplanes ARE like shooting stars: they glow, they move across the sky, they look similar. So there is no need for pretending that airplanes are LIKE shooting stars. Lyrically and grammatically, pretending that airplanes ARE shooting stars makes way more sense.

I had a similar reaction in 2005 with the song “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder. It’s offending lyric goes like this:

Well, my girl’s in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on

“She” refers to a specific person because the song implies that he only has one “my girl.” If she remains the antecedent, the lyric “Sometimes I wish she were you” makes more sense with the subjective because there is no way that the girl in the room can become the girl talking on the phone. Still that changes the meaning a bit, so the lyric could have been “Sometimes I wish it was you” the it referring to the nebulous, unidentified person who has the potential to be in the next room.

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research paper playlists

I’ve talked about how I write research papers before (that I believe in hand-written outlines so I see what I cross out and write in the margins) and this is something else I really believe in: playlists.

People makes playlists all the time for friends/dance parties/road trips. And most people I know listen to music in the background while they work. But I really like making a list of about twenty songs that have to do with my paper topic. Sure this is a lot of fun, but I promise it has a purpose!

Song are usually 3-5 minutes long, so it is really easy to get a “feel” for the song. A novel could take 3-5 days to read (assuming you aren’t doing much else), and even longer to understand. And sometimes getting into a combination of “research paper writing mood” and “appropriate for my topic” mood is difficult. So playlists are productive. I promise!

Example

This spring I had two research papers to do and I made a playlist for each. My Villette paper about how Lucy Snowe plays a part on the stage and in Roman Catholicism in order to gain an active role in her own life. So this girly needs some empowerment!

“A-Punk”-Vampire Weekend

“April Come She Will” Simon & Garfunkel

“Tennessee Rose” The Deep Vibration with Gillian Welch

“People Got a Lotta Nerve” Neko Case

“New Slang” The Shins

“O Mio Babbino Caro” (I watched A Room with a View a lot this semester. But it had relevance. Lucy Snowe goes to continental Europe (read: Catholic Europe) to develop herself beyond the Protestant constructs, just like Lucy Honeychurch.)

“O Valencia” The Decemberists

I basically played these seven songs and Passion Pit’s album Manners on a loop until I finished my paper.

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de-stressing

It is the weekend. Yet somehow, my weekends are usually stressful because I catch up on a lot of work on the weekend.

But I did manage to successfully make something and de-stress! I used the pattern from Little Home Blessings, which was super easy to read and make.  I used size 9/6mm needles, but the pattern is written for a small boy and I tend to knit loose, so if I were a tighter knitter or intending to make a hat for a child, I’d definitely downside to maybe a size 7. I wish I could remember what yarn I used. I just have the really bad tendency to buy yarn and then not use it forever after I roll up into a ball so I usually lose the tags. But I definitely recommend the pattern!

peacock colored hat in the dorm room

I really love knitting to de-stress, especially with bamboo needles which are so smooth. Also when I knit, I make sure to listen to music with super great beats that is still chill like Vampire Weekend or The Decemberists.

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garden state: movie I wish I had never watched again

Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard in Garden State

So Garden State was probably easily in my top 10 favorite movies from ages 14 to 16. I mean I discovered the Shins because of this movie [like the rest of the mainstream world.] It slowly fell in favor of older movies that I was discovering, but I think thought I enjoyed it. Over winter break, I had an indie film fest with my mom, watching this and (500) Days of Summer, which I love, and I was sorely disappointed by it.

I originally loved this movie because I felt it showed how bipolar and bipolar medicine can affect a man and his familial connections, as well as his attempts at love.

But I was so disappointed by the maudlin interpretation of life that I held up so highly in earlier years. Zach Braff’s character  is just really annoying and kind of pretentious, and it spreads with his directing. And now I can’t look back fondly on the movie.

I hate the idea that mental health problems can be fixed by another person. Watching this movie again made me realize how warped my perception of what mental health recovery looked like at age 15.

The two parts I felt were the saving grace were Peter Sarsgaard and the soundtrack. Peter is wonderful and captured completely every character he plays. Did you see him be suave and debonair in The Education? I didn’t even recognize him at first, but he was wonderful and very convincing, just like he was in Garden State. And the soundtrack had Coldplay, The Shins, Frou Frou, Simon and Garfunkel and Iron & Wine, all that I love.

I am eternally grateful to Zach Braff and this movie though, because it introduced me to a relatively indie band, The Shins, which expanded my then musical tastes beyond Maroon 5, George Gershwin and whatever was on the radio.

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You’re a melody from a symphony by Strauss [you’re the top] pt 2.

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me, I cried out "God," you dared me in the dark

happy birthday to myself
a little early, but I’m turning eighteen soon and I just bought myself Manners, Passion Pit’s album.
it is amazing.
I’ve been hearing Paste Magazine’s editors Josh Jackson and Nick Marino rave about this album for ages. I first heard “To Kingdom Come” on Paste Magazine’s monthly sampler 55, and it easily became my favorite jam to study too. What I love about Passion Pit is that they are so folky, but what they are technically producing is dance music, killer beats, falsetto vocals and non-sensical lyrics. But their mentality and music could easily fit into my subversive indie folk/rock playlists of jenny owen youngs, she & him, animal collective, and wilco.
If you don’t like folk music, check Passion Pit out. If you don’t like dance music, check Passion Pit out. Manners refuses to fit into the boundaries of either genre and generally is just flat out good music.

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I go to William McKinley High School on Wednesday @ 9/8c


Glee Winter Finale

Okay, disclaimer: I love Glee. all the kids are adorable and Mr. Schue is so cute. I love the singing and the dancing. And spoilers.
But what is up with the plot inconsistencies?
1st It takes like a good 12 minutes after sectionals for the decision to be revealed. I understand the tension. but it was awkwardly placed.
2nd Quinn references giving the baby to Mrs. Schuester, but I thought the kids already knew that Will left his wife because of the non-baby?
3rd. Finn asks Mr. Schue if he’s heard anything. Mr. Schue was there when you confronted Quinn and Puck! Understandable that he in a moment of distress, but Mr. Schue interacted with him at that point and even if Finn didn’t remember the audience does and it seems silly.
4th. Will gives the list to Sue. But the kids act like he doesn’t, and Brittany owns up to it. While she may have given Sue the set list, Sue has no reason for spies because she’s co-director of the Glee club.
Small problems.
The focus is obviously on the singing and dancing.
but I’m not complaining too loudly.
awesome job Lea Michele. I’ve probably listened to her “Don’t Rain on My Parade” probably a dozen times in the past three hours. I love when she said “I do have something that I’ve been working on since I was four.” Of course! I also loved how Rachel sneaked back into the back a bit in the next song. she’s come so far.
Amber Riley [“And I’m Telling You”] was wonderful too.
Cory Monteith, good job. I don’t know if it was his acting or the writing, but his dramatic acting and “gung-ho” attitude when he comes to the rescue kind of annoyed me. But he pulled it off better in the finale.
“Can’t Always Get What You Want”- as unrealistic that they could be that good in an hour, I liked how the dancing was little weak. they did look unrehearsed. good and realistic.
[Side note: how happy am I that Rachel got rid of the middle part? I hate middle parts. Unless You’re Amanda Bynes, you don’t look good.]
And I loved how “My Life Would Suck Without You” incorporated the best of choreography from the season
Mr. Schue and Emma are together!
now for Finn and Rachel…

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