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Disaster Song

19 Mar

Trump is a loser

I never wanted him

Hillary thought we should choose her

sexism is ultimately why she lost the prelim

 

so many mistakes, ineptitude

obvious personality disorder-narcissistic

the dude can’t read, we are screwed

worse than that he’s fascistic

 

Trump pretended the pandemic wasn’t happening

he doesn’t understand basic economics

America’s reputation blackening

closer and closer to using atomics

 

Now here we are, all alone

coronavirus threatening

everyone barricaded in their home

U.S. will have our reckoning

 

And as we hide from this disease

our businesses must close the doors

republicans blame the Chinese

it won’t stop the multiplication of corpse

 

Big Fish Small Pond

5 Feb

oh what a success!

that higher degree

you lowered yourself

came back to the town

living on past memories

 

big fish small pond

you sparkle like a diamond

taste of fame and smugness spawned

 

so you were born silver and blue

titled yourself royalty

make speeches and appearances

big for your britches

nobody cares except your own vanity

 

big fish small pond

a new era has dawned

all your modesty gone

 

everybody knows you

at least they think they do

love and hate the fishbowl

you relish that attention

resent and shun it too

 

big fish small pond

all your devotees fond

do they know that they were conned?

 

you impressed me

I wanted to appease you

and have you as a role model too

I worked very hard

you can’t dispute that

 

but you have a secret

can’t show that side of you

you’re actually terrified

but will never let on

your ego might get bruised

 

you’re self absorbed

everything’s about you

on my scary day

locked me in the bathroom

told me to keep yours confidential

 

put yourself on a pedestal

all that self aggrandizing

calling everyone losers

saying ‘play the game’

the town doesn’t know that part of you

 

big fish small pond

but pomposity beyond

a professional = non

 

invited me in

I saw the breakdown

now you cheat and scheme

not who I thought you were

awfully disappointing

 

big fish small pond

though I left and did abscond

I won’t be shamed I will respond

 

you only liked when I admired you

turned against me when I saw inside

stomped on me when I was low

could have tried to mentor though

my behavior wasn’t any worse than yours

 

your true character is ugly

you have your issues too:

you’re a bully

and conniving

and mean-spirited

gossipy

judgmental

it’s what you do

so go ahead and talk shit

you know I know the truth

Monkey Pencil Song

28 Jan
Got in a bike accident
Tore my private parts real bad
Your friend arrived from afar
 guilted to go out to eat
Sat upon that wood bench
But like a monkey still I pinch
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Hold so tight
Even when [beat] it isn’t right
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Grasp and clutch
Even though [beat] it isn’t much
[syncopated] Like monkey  [half beat] on that pencil
My loyalty [beat] is so prehensile!
Your work Halloween party
Bathroom in your bosses’ house
Tried to stick your hand up my skirt
I resisted- not in here
Found out you had bet your friends
You could slide home base with ease
But like a monkey still I squeeze
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Hold so tight
Even when [beat] it isn’t right
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Grasp and clutch
Even though [beat] it isn’t much
[syncopated] Like monkey  [half beat] on that pencil
My loyalty [beat] is so prehensile!
Over 6 years of dating
both working the same bad job
You Listened to mean girl lies
You relished ambushing me
And threw me under the bus
You talked about them so Much
But like a monkey still I clutch
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Hold so tight
Even when [beat] it isn’t right
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Grasp and clutch
Even though [beat] it isn’t much
[syncopated] Like monkey  [half beat] on that pencil
My loyalty [beat] is so prehensile!
[Outside in the frozen cold
Scraping my frosty windshield
You surprised me before work
Brought my favorite coffee
Drank the warmth and felt so snug
And like a monkey still I hug]
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Hold so tight
Especially when it all goes right
[beat] [growl-shout] Monkey pencil Monkey pencil
Grasp and clutch
Especially when the loves so much
[syncopated] Like monkey  [half beat] on that pencil
My happiness [beat] is so prehensile!

Why Does Taylor Swift Act That Way?

23 Sep

After doing a lot of Taylor Swift research in general, and Kaylor factoids, I was thing about Taylor’s possible feelings and motivations.  The underlined are topics that came to mind, and I want you to read it bearing in mind things that go on in the Swift-verse (I tried to made up a word for Taylor Swift’s world, and I’m not sure it worked out).  The following is laying the groundwork for what’s happening with Kaylor and why.

 

Being in the closet:

fear of getting caught

fear of other’s people’s reactions

fear of losing important people in your life

fear of career setbacks

fear of being bashed

fear of who you become when you give up being (thought of as) straight

sadness at not fulfilling (heteronormative) expectations

sadness at not having an easy love/life

sadness at missing out

sadness about being the odd man out with friends and society at large

not being sexual at all-as a way to avoid it

being “too busy” for dating/love-so that people stop asking

being ultra-private-to signal others not to ask about it

feeling defensive

feelings of persecution

feelings of being alone, the only one

feelings of not being supported

forcing straight relationships (then feeling detached from them)

dating the opposite sex, but it’s weird/not what you had thought

internal homophobia

using homophobic language–so others won’t suspect

acting more straight

having very close same sex friendships

having confusing feelings regarding friends

being confused about boundaries

talking about the opposite sex to throw others off

staying away from ‘out’ queer people (guilty by association)

planning ahead-to avoid awkward topics, situations, or damning evidence

anger at having to hide

anger that life is harder for LGBT members

anger at a small dating pool

anger at homophobes

anger at people that “tolerate” gays

being hyper-aware of pronouns and manipulating them

language with a double-meaning

using wardrobe, jewelry, color to signal other gays, but stay hidden from everyone else

swearing others to secret

threatening same sex partners not to let on

not acting couply in public

saying your lover is just a friend

coming out to certain, trusted people, but not large groups, or known homophobes

 

Not knowing Taylor Swift personally, but being alive in the world, I think she may experience some of these feelings.  Lyrics, interviews, dates, and persona could maybe relate to a lot or most of these.  You can’t rush a person’s timeline.  Taylor has to come out when she’s ready (or if she is ever ready at all). 

A lot of these are truly founded worries the LGBT individuals have about making known their ‘difference.’  The list above comes about with politics, language, expectations, seeing openly gay people struggle.  This stuff doesn’t just come out of nowhere.  For example, Ellen Degeneres is an ‘it’ gal today sure.  But she lost everything when she came out–and for a long time afterwards. 

Instead of taking that trajectory as  ‘it’ll work out, come out– see how good Ellen is doing?  I think it should be a cautionary tale.  It was scary and even today I would characterize Ellen as a reluctant gay icon.  She came out for personal reasons, so she could live authentically.  I And when that happened she lost everyone.  Except a small group of LGBTQQA.  She didn’t wanna play to only gay crowds.  Didn’t ask to represent a whole population.  She was thrust in that role because of how big a deal her coming out was at the time.  But that other stuff wasn’t a choice she made–she played to exclusively gay crowds because suddenly, no one else would see her.  She was boycotted.  Ellen was cancelled.  People see her current success and forget all of that.  She didn’t even really mention her gayness at all in the beginning of her talk show.  She had to sort of play it straight again to get the status she has attained.  She finagled her way back into the mainstream. 

There are many more examples of people cut down after coming out.  So if Taylor is planning to come out (which I greedily hope she does, b/c it would make me personally very happy) I think she’s right to be cautious and do it carefully.  I would not want to see people throw her away, especially in the world of music where women are treated as a dime a dozen, totally replaceable by the next pretty blonde.

 

Gay-Dar

Because of all the closeted tactics, gays automatically learn to identify “family” and there is a knowing wink and nod, exchanged.  I think to some extent most gay people (and some straight) have honed their gay-dar.  It’s a practiced skill based on signals, non-verbal cues, and some stereotypes.  My feeling is that gays from conservative or churchy backgrounds are especially good at it, because the rural gays have to be more secret and underground.  

Does Taylor Swift’s Easter eggs relate to this?  I think so!

On the pod-cast I was listening to, they asked if Ellen Degeneres know Taylor Swift.  My feeling:  absolutely.  You can sense the two have a rapport.  Think of the episode when Ellen asked Taylor who she’s dating in kind of a knowing and cheeky tone.  And Taylor said, “My publicist told me not to answer that.”  I think Ellen knew what was up.  And whether or not Ellen has been told explicitly, I think she’s clever (and experienced enough) to know the signs when she sees them.

 

bearding

I’m not going to get into this as much, because it’s not really in my personal experience, but bearding is a good way to remain in the closet.  Because if you’re dating the opposite sex you obviously can’t be gay-says the public at large.  

This one speaks for itself.  And is the subject of so many theories in Kaylor.

 

Heteronormative/heterosexist

This is the societal attitude that everyone is straight until proven gay.  And when I say proven, I mean you won’t accept subtle signs, or obvious scenarios–it has to come from that person’s mouth.  The only other way is actually seeing sex.  This mentality is pervasive.  It’s just assumed all little girls dream of their big wedding day with whatever groom chooses them.  Guys are assigned the role of going out and chasing women for sex.  From infants when everyone is so curious about gender, roles are assigned to the sexes, and LGBT has no part in that.  It’s placed on everyone, and if that’s not who you are, it’s your responsibility to ‘come out of the closet’ as not straight.

I feel like 95% of Taylor Swift’s fans believe she’s straight.  They see long hair.  A feminine-looking gal, narratives of dating men.  Even when evidence to the contrary is presented, most fans refuse to believe she might be romantic toward women (too).  And they get angry at Kaylors for “pushing a narrative” when all Kaylors are doing is reading clues that Taylor Swift, herself, has placed.  Kaylors are hunting just like all Swifties, in the way that Taylor has asked and expected us to do.  I think some people, no matter what evidence was presented, would refuse to take stock in that.  Because of heterosexism, homophobia, or ignorance.  A lot of straight people don’t know that they know a gay.  Therefore, they don’t know what characteristics go with that.  Or they might have only experience with the most ‘out’ gays.  Which are only one type of gay.  To be fair, not a bunch of gays have come out, so people don’t realize the LGBT is diverse and there are all types, not just the super-flamboyant and stone-butch that are unable to hide, and are obviously gay.

 

OK, so there I think is a good foundation to see Taylor’s motivations and how it could possibly substantiate the Kaylor theories.

Song by Song. Brandi’s By the Way, I Forgive You

20 Feb

My Spotify went one track passed the new album, and it showed how almost, melancholy By the Way, I Forgive You sounds.  It’s subtle, but by comparison to the two prior albums, it’s a lot less light-hearted.

  1. “Everytime I Hear that Song”

It’s kind of a slow opening to the album.  I would have put something more upbeat in the first spot.  But the track definitely provides the foreshadowing for what is to come:  A sentimental, serious, from-the-heart string (pun!) of songs.  The chorus is very Fleetwood Mac.  I like what the song says though.  It talks about how bad relationships are actually good because it brings us to where we were supposed to be in life.  The trajectory of our love and family would be completely different without those failed relationships.  And hearing certain songs or seeing certain pictures, triggers those memories and makes us wonder what might have been or even sentimentalize what opportunities were lost because things didn’t go a better way.

2. “The Joke”

The message that the joke is on the detractors is a good one.  The band is saying, ‘you be you, and live your life, despite what others think about it.’  The background music is resonant, and swirling, and provides enough drama to help get the point across.

3.  “Hold Your Hand”

Probably my favorite track (so far) and absolutely my fave upon the first listen through.  It’s reminiscent of that old western style that focuses more on telling a story then singing.  It reminds me of Jonny Cash, and the way he talks through every song–but it’s better.  Because there are great key/cadence/style changes that show-case Brandi’s strong voice.  I like the combination of both styles in one song.  I like how it’s cheeky, yet strong on singing-technique.  This is what the band does very best–change it up in the middle of the song.  Think “The Story” and the title track, “Firewatcher’s Daughter.”   On this song, the shouting is so fun after the 2.5 min mark!  What I could do with less of is the bad-da-das.  But I can see them involving the audience in that at a concert so maybe it will turn out all right. . .

4.  “The Mother”

I’m not down on this song.  It’s one of, if not THE strongest songs on the album.  It’s just that I heard it so early, it didn’t feel like part of the rest of the album.  I like that this song conveys love, but realism, too.  It’s one of the few mom-songs that’s not entirely lovey-dovey, super-saccharine.  Here is what little edge Brandi has left.  Sure, she’s up in the family lift all gung-ho–but she knows what she’s not doing anymore also.  I like how Brandi acknowledges that she’s missing out on things, kids are messy, and motherhood is sometimes about being tired and giving up on your own wild flights of fancy.  Also, the video is cute.  Though, I wonder how many takes it took because Evangeline looks bored.

5.  “Whatever You Do”

Another slow song.  As a whole, I think the album would have benefitted from something a little more dancy by this point.  I love the line, “I never said I’m sorry, but I meant it.” It shows how serious the writing was for this latest album.  Very thoughtful lyrics are throughout.  The best part of the song for me is after 3:08 min when the instrumentals really come out loud.  It’s haunting, and melancholy, and final.

6.  “Fulton County Jane Doe”

I had really high hopes due to the title that this would be the raucous track of the album.  Alas, it’s another kind of internal dialogue that is quiet and lulling. I think Brandi’s yips at the end are the best thing about this one.

7.   “Sugartooth”

Searching.  Judging someone without walking in their shoes.  Bad habits that keep pulling you back.  Guns and suicide.  Finding peace in death.  Without reading the lyrics or hearing the backstory, I find this song a little meandering.  Is there one takeaway point or is it just a conglomeration of ideas?  I do enjoy how Brandi sounds like she means whatever she’s singing–whatever it’s about.

8. “Most of All”

How your parents are with you even when they’re not physically there.  You resemble them.  Your speech patterns end up sounding similar.  You internalize their lessons.  This one is also a little Fleetwood in the chorus, and I think that’s reaching a little.  I believe they should stop relying on their inspirations or fitting in a certain genre, and come up with something more original.  It’s nice that the song-lyrics go full circle though.  And the emphasis on family goes well with the rest of the album.

9. “Harder to Forgive”

I think this one might be the catchiest song on the album.  Finally!  One you want to sing with.  Though the subject matter is still sentimental and internally-probing, it has some happy sentiments in it as well.  “When every broken heart seemed like the end” shows that the band is not at that stage anymore.  I like how the song goes into a march.  Again, these cadence changes are some of the band’s best work.  Where I lose it though, is when the twin’s humming sounds like kazoos.  Not. a. fan.  I think maybe it was supposed to emulate the string section, but it sounds too circusy for the previous part of the song.  I do like how Brandi ends it on a partial scream.

10. “Party of One”

I like when Brandi takes to the piano.  She doesn’t do it nearly enough.  But this song is kind of a bummer to end on.  I would like them ending on a more uplifting note.  Or at least something the conveys some inner peace has been achieved as a result of all the afore-mentioned forgiveness.  Or else–what is the audience motivation to practice forgiveness?  Or what exactly is the album trying to say about forgiveness?  Just do it, despite the difficulty of it, to–feel alone and disappointed?  I think the message should be more uplifting and present some benefit from the forgiveness.  Not end on a divorce.  And the symphonic end is kind of nice, but it felt like they didn’t really know how to close out the album, so they just played and played.

 

So that was what I gleaned from listeninging only.  I’m excited to read the track notes, hear the stories behind the songs at concerts, and see articles on the content.  I probably missed a lot of the intent–I hope so!

 

Bear Creek Reviewed

10 Jun

I really like the sound of this whole album.  It’s somehow. . .  different.  It feels like a good camping or hiking CD, and reminds me of those country/folk/oldies songs that my dad likes to sing aloud.  Yet it is still hip, and still very Brandi.  And though I didn’t absolutely LOVE every song on the CD (when does that happen anyway?  Rarely) I like Bear Creek as a whole.  I’ll go song by song, in order from my favorite to not-so-much:

That Wasn’t Me

One of my very favorite songs on the album–and in the top faves in her library.  When it was released prior to the rest of the CD, I listened a million times.  That said, I thought it was the one song that didn’t cohesively FIT with the rest of the tracks on the CD.  So I didn’t include it in faves for Bear Creek, looking at it as more of a single.  It has a different feeling and a sound unique to the rest.  I wonder why this was the single that was pre-released. . .  Just because I don’t feel it is a good representation of Bear Creek.  At any rate, no complaints about the song–I like the premise behind it and it’s beautifully sung/played.

Rise Again

I thought this was the definite standout track on Bear Creek.  And maybe I’m alone here, but it took a ridiculous amount of listens (5-6?) to figure out what lyrics she was singing–though I could tell immediately the words were sung with great passion.  I was struck right away with how much feeling emoted from this song.

Hard Way Home

This song kinda snuck by me upon my first few listens.  I guess all lyrically superior tunes are like that.  Lines like, “I just count the rain,” and the metaphor liking herself to the engine wishing for someone to be her wheel, well, how great is that?  It’s my second fave track on the album, and the one I think SHOULD have been released as the first single as best representation of Bear Creek.  It’s got the folksy-country thing goin’ on, the clapping, harmonies, a story, and heartfelt singing.  I especially like when the first stanza is reiterated in a syncopated way toward the end.  My 2nd favorite track because of the getting better the more you listen factor.

Raise Hell

Very Reminiscent of Johnny Cash–in a good way.  Sort of talking more than singing just as he does.  Except she really belts out the chorus.  This one is excellent because it’s feisty, it’s catchy, and it’s a good sing aloud.  Toward the top of my fave Bear Creek and Brandi songs.  I love the guitar when she starts to sign “turn me head. . .”  I’ll be belting this one out with Brandi when I attend one of her concerts.

A Promise to Keep

The harmony with the twins is astounding.  The Indigo Girls would be proud–I’m sure they ARE!  This one had gospel undertones that I like listening to, and reminds me of Appalachia for whatever reason.  It ties with the next listed track for 4th best.

What Did I Ever Come Here For

This song could speak to anybody.  It ties for fourth fave because it makes me think of some time or other in my own life each time I play it.  It’s about love.  It’s about rejection.  It’s about regret.  Every lesbian person could understand where Brandi is coming from in this track.  It’s something everyone has gone through.

I’ll Still be Here

The “. . .  if it all disappears. . .”  moves me.  It is probably awesome to see Brandi sing that “all” in concert–it’s really belted out.  It falls 5th, because of the passionate “all.”

Save Part of Yourself

This song is kind of neutral to me–it contributes well to the rest of the album, but I’m not certain it’s strong enough to stand alone.  The clapping, the woo, woo, woos, the sort of acoustic feel.  It’s like Brandi’s staple songs but in a style to fit the rest of the Bear Creek.  This track wasn’t an instant hit with me, but it’s growing on me as I listen.

100

Where are we on my favorites?  7th?  This song could easily be on one of Brandi’s earlier records.  It talks of dreams, and has a love-disappointment-aging sort of theme like a lot of her songs do.  Instrumentally, it is one of the weaker songs on the record.  Maybe a live jam-out session with the band would make it pop.  Lyrically, I like it though.

In the Morrow

This song is at a disadvantage.  It’s kind of a let down because it follows the power of “Rise Again.”  I think I would like this one more if it were earlier in the line-up.  Do I hear some kind of bango or mandolin or something?  I like that.  And I enjoy the combined singing in the chorus, and the hopefulness of the track.  But it’s just not as good as “Rise Again,” so it’s sort of a let down each time it follows. . .

Heart’s Content

With the sweet piano backing and the lilt in Brandi’s voice, this one reminds me of Doris Day.  Especially with the double-sing (is that a thing?) or Brandi harmonizing with herself, it is like a 1950s sweetly sung song.  It’s toward the bottom of the list only because it’s not very deep, emotional, or controversial–which also fits with the Doris Day thing she’s got going on.  And I just KNOW she wrote this to sing at symphony halls with that cello featured.  Can’t wait to hear it with The Seattle Symphony!

Keep Your Heart Young

Ok, Ok I really WANT to like this song.  This is the “new song” she played at the half of the concert we went to.  So it has sentimental value to me.  It’s in a story-telling style like your folkey-country songs, and I like those (I’m thinking “Big John” right now).  The message is to appreciate what you have and keep your innocence as long as possible, which I’m all-about.  The harmony vocals are nice.  Trouble is, I got tired of it really fast.  I blame it on the story–I felt like it was a childhood storybook that I re-read 6 times in a day, and could repeat without looking at the words.

Just Kids

Last place–but it doesn’t mean I HATE it.  I found the intro too long and quiet.  I’m sure it will be better with the orchestra playing it.  And the singing was too. . . breezy/dreamy.   I just wasn’t feeling it that much–I’ll bet there are a lot of people that dig this though.  I just wanted it to be. . .  Catchier?  Something. . .  It seemed tediously long every time it played.

So the recap?  I have been wearing out my Spotify by listening to Bear Creek.  A good musical effort, with very few complaints or criticisms from me.  Now, if Brandi Carlile will only come in my vicinity (a day before a day off work/school, please and thank you) to promote it–I’m there!!!

My Interpretation of “Yoke”

15 Mar

refer to the last entry for a line by line analysis of Amy Ray’s lyrics.

Amy Ray is addressing someone deceitful and closed off.  I think the someone represents all of us listeners’ dark, non-caring side.  She mentions a “she” that (I think) could be interpreted a couple of ways (or even both ways).  The “she” is nature/environment/Earth/all living creatures or the “she” could be a loving, yet naive woman in a relationship.

The main message of the song is even though it isn’t in our past history, and it may be difficult for our psyche, people need to work together, be open, and loving or “she” will be destroyed.  Depending on the listener, the “she” is different and so are the implications.  If “she” is the environment, being bad and taking advantage of her will result in Earth’s destruction and the ultimate annihilation of humankind as well.  If the person listening to the songs thinks of “she” as a woman in a relationship, trying to play upon her helplessness in order to control her will result in eventual loneliness.

Amy is telling us we are here to figure out how to overcome our greed and deceptive core to appreciate what we have, treat the “she” in our lives with openness and honesty, and return her love.  If we succeed in working together, loving one-another without manipulation and not as a means of controlling another; and if we love the beauty of the animal kingdom and land, instead of over-hunting and over-consuming them–we will reach a higher plane.

In short, the song sounds so forlorn because Amy is asking all of us to stop carelessly and thoughtlessly grasping everything of our hearts desire.  She is saying going after everything we want has consequences for loving relationships and at a higher level, our planet.  She is imploring us to yoke together like oxen in a herd of hope and hold tightly (with grubby hands) to what we already have.

Analysis of “Yoke”

14 Mar

http://www.last.fm/music/Indigo+Girls/Beauty+Queen+Sister/Yoke

It’s a complex song, and I get a lot of hits on my blog from people trying to find out what it means.  First, a line by line analysis of Amy Ray’s (of the Indigo Girls) “Yoke” found on the Beauty Queen Sister CD.  In the next blog, I’ll sum up what I think Amy Ray is trying to say in the lyrics:

I found the binding of the yoke

Binding is restrictive.

yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do.

That connects us here, in this herd of hope

“us” and “herd” compares people to animals (oxen now; horses toward the end of the song).

Herd refers to a social grouping of certain animals of the same species, either wild or domestic, and also to the form of collective animal behavior associated with this (referred to as herding) or as a verb, to herd, to its control by another species such as humans or dogs.

“here” as in Earth/alive

“hope” universal questions of why people are alive and what our mission is

Escort me to your kingdom come

“Thy kingdom come”, a phrase in the Christian Lord’s Prayer referring to the Kingdom of God

Amy is talking to another person

She wants to know what actions “here” will get her to heaven

from the gallows’ hold, and the things we’ve done

Imagery of a person hanging from the gallow

A person hanging from a noose is trapped, immovable by their own power, dead but not at peace.

She recognizes that all people are flawed and have done bad things (ie death by hanging)

You stole so much, so much at times

Going back to crimes–why a sentence of hanging

A hunter might over-kill the prey, but herds of animals only kill what they need.

also shows an unequal relationship–one person only takes, never gives

Just being bad, like the books we read

“Just being bad, like books” is a justification for bad behavior

They compare their actions to the actions they’ve read about

What books is she talking about?

Maybe history books which prove men’s over

maybe law/policy books that give people “the right” 

Maybe the Bible where whatever bad behavior is commonplace.

The helplessness that you played upon

manipulating someone weaker or someone’s weakness in some relationship

also a hunter would take advantage of a prey’s weakness in order to kill it.

Was just tenderness, to disarm

hiding true intentions to put another person at ease, then taking advantage in a relationship

“disarm” is the hunting metaphor again–animals have attributes (teeth, claws) that hunters must overcome

She ushered in love, but it drove you mad

who is “she” that Amy is referring to?

a girlfriend?  An animal?  The Earth?  A goddess?

A relationship with true love on one side and anxiety/deception on the other

love for animals/environment that person could not live by

Not to have everything of your envisioning

A very telling line.

Someone who doesn’t appreciate the things they have, instead wanting it all

A controlling person in the one-sided relationship

Human Greed that over-kills in hunting or over-consumes nature

She wandered in on the peace you lacked

wan·dehttp://img.tfd.com/m/sound.swf (wndr)

v. wan·deredwan·der·ingwan·ders
v.intr.

1. To move about without a definite destination or purpose.
2. To go by an indirect route or at no set pace; amble: wander toward town.
3. To proceed in an irregular course; meander.
4. To go astray: wander from the path of righteousness.
5. To lose clarity or coherence of thought or expression.
so “wander” shows “she” didn’t truly realize the situation
“peace you lacked,” says the person Amy is talking to, was flawed before “she” entered the situation.

Yeah, and you’re losing still, that life you could have had

Losing the stability of a loving relationship?

Losing the naivety/love/trust  that “she” has?

Losing a zen-like spirit of one-ness with nature?

Losing a more Native American mentality that there should be balance in hunting?

Literally losing life, because the Earth is destroyed by carelessness?

Tell that story one more time for me

“One more time” ephasizes, it’s a favorite, repeated story

Whoever Amy is talking to takes pride in their deception

Of the bated fields just for the taking dear

A baited area means any area where shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain, salt or other feed, whatsoever capable of luring, attracting, or enticing such birds is directly or indirectly placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered.  The regulation further states that…such area shall remain a baited area for 10 days following complete removal of all such corn, wheat, or other grain, salt, or other feed. 

where you heard the hunters call

Hunting calls are noises hunters make to attract specific animals. 

The person Amy is talking to, attracted this naive person as prey.

Use deception to kill “her” (being the Earth/animals)

But your discipline kept you from the fall

“Discipline” explains how true intent was knowingly hidden–with difficulty and effort

Speaks of a hunter perhaps tripping, an animal falling after being shot, or  of falling in love

This line brings the subjects (hunting and disallowing the openness required in love) together

But oh, to hold that tenderness in these grubby hands

Amy wants to hold the tender bird meat from the fields?

Amy wants to hold the tender-loving woman from the relationship?

Amy figuratively wants to “hold” on to the Earth’s tenderness and the environment?

I’d shoot anything

Not discrimminating about the prey she hunts

not as picky about love objects.

And you laughed at me, but you know I’m right

The person she’s talking to brushed off her criticism.

So why do you claim the strength to put up a fight

Asking why they “put up a fight,” Amy is questioning the other person’s intent

The word “claim” implies that the other person might not be as sincere as they come off.

“claim the strength” shows the other person is actually weak.

And you hold your nightmares close from view

Keep fears under the surface.  Show bravado.

The horses going wild, under a breaking moon

Back to the herd/animals/nature

There’s no way the bridle ever fits the bride

bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse

Oxen are driven with the use of a collar–no bridle

bridle may be wordplay to conjure weddings.

“No way the bridle fits” could mean that man is not meant to direct any part of nature

It could also be talking about equality in relationships–true love has no controlling force

things work in a balance like the oxen working together in a yoke

Yeah, and the weight of it, thats why we’re here

The weight of this connundrum

This interplay between people, and in relationships answers the question of our purpose.

Learning how to balance what we want and the effects on animals/Earth.

Next up:  My guess/analysis about what this song is saying.

Beauty Queen Sister: A Review

11 Oct

As you know I love my Indigo Girls.  And their songs are never so superficial or poppy that I am humming them after a first listen.  Well, I was moved by the Become You CD after my very first listen, but maybe that had more to do with that period of my life.  Their material is meant to be analyzed, and the songs always grow on me as I hear them more and more.  I begin to notice the lyrics, harmonies, instrumentation, only after I’ve heard the songs a few times.  So I wasn’t terribly surprised when I came away from first listen to Beauty Queen Sister with no instant favorites.

And maybe I’ll appreciate Beauty Queen Sister as I listen more.  But so far, there is just one stand out track.  I really like “Yoke” with its violin and haunting, gritty vocals by Amy.  There are few songs on the rest of this album that speak to me.  I’m sad to say so little on this album is resonating with me yet.

remember the intensity?

I hope Amy and Emily aren’t getting old, losing their edge, and settling into middle age.  Security and happiness are good, but not at the expense of some real heartache songs, angry calls to political action, and rocking harmonies with meaningful lyrics that go somewhere.  I hate to even make disparaging remarks about IG–I love them–they are my favorite.

Usually, I gravitate toward Emily’s writing and technical skill, but I felt she was the weaker link of the duo this time around.  The closest song to her more recognizable work that I love is “We Get to Feel It All.”  The background music really makes the song stand out, but at least some of Emily’s sentimental lyrics are in it–however repetitious.  But the rest?  I’m not certain about.  She chose weird things to write about for Beauty Queen Sister.  I think “Able to Sing” does not have the best title or chorus.  It should be something. . .  More.  This is a song about marriage, upon closer listen, so it should have potential–it is just never realized.  Maybe the live performance version of this one will have some teeth.  But what is this “Feed the Horses” business?  Where does that even come from?  I also thought “Birthday Song” is a little random, and sounds like it belongs on the Christmas CD of last year.  I thought Emily’s writing wasn’t up to par, and didn’t make me FEEL like it usually does.

The songs Amy did were, well, redundant (with the exception of “Yoke”).  The track “Beauty Queen Sister” is catchy, but I can’t shake the feeling I’ve heard it before. . .  Maybe on one of Amy’s solo albums.  I thought a few of the songs on this album sort of sounded similar to other songs in the wider catalog.  “Making Promises,”  Same story.  I like these songs, just as I liked them the first time I heard an incarnation of them in prior work.  This makes me worry the Indigo Girls ran out of original ideas.  And I felt “War Rugs” was a feeble attempt at their characteristic political fire.  It missed the mark, and didn’t have the regular passion.  “Damo.”  Finally the Amy/Emily combination of voices that fans love most!  And some interesting backing.  But, again, I felt the political message fell flat.

Maybe, after a few listens the songs will grow on me and I’ll realize some subtleties that I have missed.  That’s what happened with “All That We Let In.”  I am certainly going to stick with it, the Indigo Girls are my very favorite after all.  I hope I hear what Amy and Emily have intended. . .

Music-That Evokes Strong Feelings (Part V)

16 Jun

Songs I always sing to:

Akon

anything and everything

 

20. Your guilty pleasure song

Eminem, “Superman”

-I HATE that I like some (ok a lot) of these anti-women, anti-gay songs.

[Intro]
Oooooh, You high baby, Yeah, Ya’, Talk to me, You want me to tell you something, Uh-huh, I know what you want to hear…

[Chorus A]
Cause, I know you want me baby, I think I want you too, “I think I love you baby”, I think I love you too, I’m here to save you girl, come be in Shady’s world, I want to grow together, let’s let our love unfurl, You know you want me baby, you know I want you too, They call me superman, i’m here to rescue you, I want to save you girl, come be in Shady’s world, “Ooooh boy you drive me crazy”, bitch you make me hurl…

[Verse 1]
They call me superman, leap tall hoes in a single bound, I’m single now, got no ring on this finger now, I’d never let another chick bring me down, in a relationship, Save it bitch, babysit, you make me sick, Superman ain’t savin’ shit, girl you can jump on Shady’s dick, Straight from the hip, cut to the chase, I tell a muthafuckin’ slut, to her face, Play no games, say no names, ever since I broke up with what’s her face, I’m a different man, kiss my ass, kiss my lips, bitch why ask, Kiss my dick, get my cash, i’d rather have you whip my ass, Don’t put out, i’ll put you out, won’t get out, i’ll push you out, Puss blew out, poppin’ shit, wouldn’t piss on fire to put you out, Am I too nice, buy you ice, bitch if you died, I wouldn’t buy you life, What you tryin’ to be my new wife, what you Mariah, fly through twice…

[Prechorus]
But I do know one thing though, bitches, they come they go, Saturday through Sunday, Monday, Monday through Sunday yo’, Maybe i’ll love you one day, maybe we’ll someday grow, Till then just sit your drunk ass on that fuckin’ runway ho’…

[Chorus B]
Cause I can’t be your Superman, Can’t be your Superman, Can’t be your Superman, Can’t be your Superman, I can’t be your Superman
Can’t be your Superman, Can’t be your Superman, Your Superman, your Superman…

[Verse 2]
Don’t get me wrong, I love these ho’s, It’s no secret, everybody knows, Yeah we fucked, bitch so what, that’s about as far as your buddy goes, We’ll be friends, i’ll call you again, i’ll chase you around every bar you attend, Never know what kind of car i’ll be in, we’ll see how much you’ll be partying then, You don’t want that, neither do I, I don’t want to flip when I see you with guys, Too much pride, between you and I, Not a jealous man, but females lie, But I guess that’s just what sluts do, how could it ever be just us two, I’d never love you enough to trust you, we just met and I just fucked you…

[Prechorus]

[Chorus A / Chorus B]

[Verse 3]
First thing you say, “I’m not fazed, I hang around big stars all day, I don’t see what the big deal is anyways, You’re just plain old Marshall to me”, Ooh ya’ girl run that game, “Hailie Jade, I love that name, love that tatoo, what’s that say”, “Rot in pieces, uh, that’s great”, First off you don’t know Marshall, at all so don’t grow partial, That’s ammo for my arsenal, i’ll slap you off that barstool, There goes another lawsuit, leave handprints all across you, Good Lordy whoadie, you must be gone off that water bottle, You want what you can’t have, ooh girl that’s too damn bad, Don’t touch what you can’t grab, end up with two backhands, Put anthrax on a tampax, and slap you till you can’t stand, Girl you just blew your chance, don’t mean to ruin your plans…

[Prechorus]

[Chorus A / Chorus B]

[Chorus B x2]

29. Your favorite “seasonal” songs. (a summer song, winter song, spring song, & fall song)

-summer:

“Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynard Skynard

-fall:

“Thriller,” Michael Jackson

-winter:

Trans Siberian Orchestra, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo” or “Head Bangin’ Christmas” as I like to call it.

-spring:

“Songs About Rain,” Gary Allen

http://www.last.fm/music/Gary%2520Allan/_/Songs%2520About%2520Rain?ac=songs%20about%20rain

30. A song that you want to share with the world.

-Steadman–

-“No Big Deal.” It’s the very first song I ever heard at my first concert–they opened for Jason Mraz.