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Bon Jovi: 2020 Album Review

10 Dec

Bon Jovi wins easiest, most genuine segway into current events.  He does a seamless job of staying true to his own sound, and having an album that discusses all of today’s issues.  He hits on:  Political ugliness, the division in the country, war, racial justice, covid, and I applaud him for taking it on, and doing it well.  Every artist has a responsibility to do that right now.

Limitless:  It’s an upbeat and exciting opener.  Well, it took a long time, but Bon Jovi’s voice is shot.  The shimmer & jitter have impacted the vocal quality throughout.

Do What You Can:  Speaks to the anxiety of our nation right now.  It’s a reminder to stay vigilant and social distance, but that doesn’t preclude helping a neighbor or stranger.  America needs to hear it.  It’s nice to have a covid song that stays within the band’s typical sound, where the writing is not forced.  

American Reckoning:  “Our conscience has been looted, and our soul is under siege.”  Bon Jovi discusses our racial tensions and how history repeats.

Beautiful Drug:  Extending syllables “lo-ah ah ah ah uv” does a lot to make a song catchy.  It goes all the way back to our first infant babbling of phonemes like ba ba, na na, etc.  It’s used effectively in this tune, and was the first song on the album that really caught my attention.  And though I think the sentiment is naive (for where we are as a country) I can appreciate the optimism.

Story of Love;  I totally tuned out of this one.  The song tells of relationships between parents and children, which is nice.  It’s a little too melodramatic, though.  The instrumentals in the last third of the song redeem it.  I was about to take it off the list, but it goes out pretty nicely.

Let it Rain:  Good beat to start.  I can tell it’ll be exciting.  The sample is cool, and just a bit overused.

Lower the Flag:  A somber tone.  This is really meaningful, and genuine.  I like the idea of limiting the jingoism a bit.  We can be more moderate is what Bon Jovi suggests.  The fast part is catchy and I like it.  I’m not sure about the call outs, but it doesn’t ruin the song.

Blood in the Water:  I don’t know…  I can see he’s going for a relevant song , but it’s too much with devils and sharks.

Brothers in Arms:  I think this song represents Bon Jovi’s catalogue best.  It’s rock and a little gritty.  And it’s a message we’re all related and need to stick together.  And hello, is this miraca that I’m hearing–it’s pretty much the best.

Unbroken:  This song is Ok.  I like how the cadence is like a hymn and the subject is military.  But I just–maybe it’s too much religious imagery for me?  I’m not sure what exactly, i don’t care for that makes it a meh for me.  

Do What You Can (duet):  It’s a livelier, country version of the first song, and it sounds good as a duet.

Shine:  A nice ballad.  Excellent harmonies, and good guitar works. I like when artists use volume to convey importance and emotion.

Luv Can:  The sentiment of love speaking when words don’t work is a nice one.  He uses some phrases that I think he used in other songs before, so I’d like new material.  The breakdown is also kind of 1980s.  The “love is like a rolling thunder refrain” is nice, and perhaps the best portion of the song.

Politicization of Pandemic

23 Mar

I want to catalog everything that’s going on, because it’s not every day you live through a global pandemic.  But the news is coming so fast and it’s just an overwhelming amount, and so much of it is questionable (maybe or maybe not based in fact) so it’s too difficult to say everything.

hope fear

I can tell you I’m scared our work will make us go to the physical location too soon.  And they can do that even with a shelter in place order (which AZ doesn’t have & probably won’t get) because we are in the healthcare industry.  Which along with military, media, etc is exempt from shelter in place.

I’m worried because we work in one big room with 200+ people in it.  Low cubicle walls, no real barriers.  The air is recycled.  We share 2 bathrooms with even more people–the customer service reps inhabit the entire other side of the building and use the same bathrooms.  And I can always hear people coughing and sneezing, all the times.  So I’m worried.

I intuitively knew that even though everyone was touting wash your hands, wash your hands, that it isn’t enough.  Because even for regular colds and flues, if someone coughs or sneezes or breathes on you it’s in the air and you breath the germs.  And sure enough, research is coming out that the virus lives in air for 3 hours!  Not to mention on surfaces for hours and days depending on the type.

So I want to continue to work from home.  And I’m angry at anything that threatens that:

 

America’s capitalism– big business, stocks, and making money always gets prioritized above all else in this country.

Trump–  he has ulterior motives to make the economy look good so he’s trying to downplay the severity of this virus, limit testing so the stats don’t look as bad, lying about mitigating solutions because he wants to sweep this under the rug quickly but prior to this pandemic got rid of all the experts who could do that.

Republicans– because it’s always money with them.  They want to bail out big corporations, and signal to people this isn’t a big deal, just go on with business as usual (aka get back to work to make $$$).

Doug Ducey– who is a Trump lackey so is also trying to downplay the virus to help business.  He wouldn’t order a statewide closure of non-essential businesses like bars and restaurants.  He doesn’t wanna hurt the economy even though it’s inevitable, AZ’s population is old and there are a lot of multi-generational families here, and lives should come before money.

stupid/sheep/republican/ignorant/callous/etc people– the ones who are not changing their behavior at all and are probably directly spreading it by going out sick, or indirectly by going about their regular routines as asymptomatic carriers.  These are the people that are going to spread the virus to everyone, and I hate their inability to use reason and logic and not be in denial and/or selfish.

My work– because wash your hands just won’t cut it, and I suspect they know that but will prioritize productivity over our health.

opposing parties

So far we have 1-2 more weeks of work from home, but I’m dreading that they’ll call us back to the building despite the science…

Discouraged

2 Mar

about politics, America, the state of feminism.

 

I feel like Elizabeth Warren was genuine about wanting to get dark money out of politics.  And I do think she intended to–and tried to run a campaign with just grassroots support.  The fact she had to take PAC money shows just how broken the system is.  If you’re not a billionaire or associated with lobbyists, it just isn’t possible to sustain a run for the highest office.  Caviot:  Unless you are a white, straight man.  Anyone outside of that demographic has to work extra hard to “compensate” for the otherness.  Evidence:  Even in the Democratic side, it was the darker-skinned people that were out first.

I hate that America hasn’t come as far as I had previously thought.  I saw sexism during Hillary’s campaign, and was horrified when people voted for someone who on tape said, “. . .Grab ’em by the pussy” over a female.  Nobody I know would think that kind of talk is appropriate.  Especially of some kind of authority figure.  And definity not appropriate for the most powerful person in the world.  I don’t think anyone would excuse that attitude from someone:  Not my parents, teachers, employers, not religious people, nobody in good conscience could stand behind that statement.  That talk would pretty much get anyone in trouble wherever they said it–yet voters thought that was still better than having a women.  It hurts.  I couldn’t believe it and it made me depressed to find out how much America still hates women.

Obviously he needs to be out of office before we lose our national parks, sacred lands, before animals go extinct, before all LGBT rights are stripped away.  Before our national security is compromised.  Before our elections become rigged and unfair.  Before all big corporations are deregulated.  Before predatory lending and speculative stocks become the norm again.  There is a lot of harm happening.  Some of it can’t be reversed and some will take a long time to correct.

But 2016 and 2020 are not that far apart and nothing fundamental has changed.  We are in a backlash.  America is polarized.  And women are still held to a different, impossible standard.  Warren is smart, well-spoken, she takes action.  Yet, that same ‘ol, ‘she lies’ narrative is starting up.  The media doesn’t cover her.  She has to work extra hard to overcome these obstacles.  More is expected out of her, then she garners less praise then the men when she is able to deliver.  It’s a no-win situation.  And people who refute the double standard are uninformed and blind.  Not all sexism is the grab-ass kind.  It’s insidious, like a rom-com.  It’s ingrained societal attitudes and expectations.  And it can be seen if you know what to look for.

She is a better candidate than:

Pete is only in there because he is white and male, and as long as he acts neutered donors and voters will overlook the gay “handicap.”  Privilege got him as far as he went.

Biden hasn’t really don’t anything.  He hangs on the coattails of Obama.  But he’s dropped out of 3 or 4 presidential bids.  He touches women too much.  When he led the trial between Anita Hill and Clarance Thomas, Biden allowed egregiously sexist questions to go unchallenged, and didn’t really believe what Hill was saying.

2 Direct Quotes of questions allowed to be asked to Hill:

  1.  Sen. Howell Heflin (R-Alabama): Now, in trying to determine whether you are telling falsehoods or not, I have got to determine what your motivation might be. Are you a scorned woman?
    Hill: No.
  2. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania): “You testified this morning that the most embarrassing question involved — this is not too bad — women’s large breasts. That is a word we use all the time. That was the most embarrassing aspect of what Judge Thomas had said to you.”

Aside from that horrible record for women, Biden is also known to team up with openly segregationist senators (race problems).  And he helped dirty money skirt regulations as an elected official of Deleware )ethics/money problems).  Problematic.

Bernie.  Seems all bluster and talk to me.  What has he actually done?  What is his platform OTHER than free healthcare for all?  And we know America has a hatred for communism, do we think middle-of-the-road voters will put their ballot in for a self-proclaimed socialist?

 

It’s obvious to me the Elizabeth Warren is the most capable of the candidates.  That she doesn’t have this horrible past or secrets.  That she’s experienced, but not in bed with dirty politics.  But I have this bad feeling that America just hates women to much to vote for her.  And I think that sucks.