“People always get confused about ‘Heavy Metal Drummer,’ because they think I was the drummer in a band that covered KISS songs. That’s not what it’s about. I can tell you what it’s about. Hopefully, it won’t ruin it for you. … That song is really just another reminder about not being judgmental and reductive. There were many, many nights in St. Louis where me and my friends would go see some punk band at the cool punk club, and then we’d all go to the landing on the Mississippi River, because the bars on the landing had a four A.M. liquor license. And all us punk guys would sit there and scoff and feel superior to all the heavy-metal bar bands with the big hair and the spandex, most of whom were having the fucking time of their fucking life. So who was losing? Me. I was. Those guys were getting laid, they were deluding themselves into thinking they were gonna be huge stars, and they were living. And I was dead. I was staring into my drink.” - Jeff Tweedy
Okay guys, how do I rip this off the interwebs? So so good.
I almost want to apply to grad-school just for the sake of having an excuse to write an essay about the rehabilitation of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and what it says about the domestication of the alt psyche. Bonus points for poptimist riffing on the ontology of the hipster.
Oh my god, this is fantastic. Yes.
if loving this is wrong then I don’t want to be right
1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 3. Sleep for 7 hours. 4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 5. Play more games. 6. Read more books than you did the previous year. 7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives. 8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. 9. Dream more while you are awake. 10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 11. Drink plenty of water. 12. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 13. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip. 14. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 15. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 18. Smile and laugh more. 19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. 20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. 23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don’t compare your partner with others. 24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 25. Forgive everyone for everything. 26. What other people think of you is none of your business. 27. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 28. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. 29. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 30. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 31. The best is yet to come. 32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 33. Do the right thing! 34. Call your family often. 35. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy. 36. Each day give something good to others. 37. Don’t over do. Keep your limits. 38. Share this with someone you care about
I once dated a guy who came to see Hall and Oates with me and during their encore of “Your Kiss Is On My List” I told him his kiss was on my list and tried to kiss him and he pushed me off him and called me a drunk. You know how some people claim they can pinpoint the exact moment they know it will never work? That was my moment.
Isn’t “being drunk at a Hall and Oates show” the same thing as “breathing?” Sort of a given?
I have one measly 150 word blackboard post left to do this week, and in the meantime I’m watching the sky turn dark over fire-escape-laced buildings with all the lights off and sorting through pictures on the first role of film I’ve gotten developed in months. results here soon.
“Molly, do you have any ideas for Christmas gifts for you? Your mother is asking me. As you know, I am not very good at gift selection. Remember the electric can opener I got for mom one year.”—email from my dad