Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Three minute songs

The other day after I wrote that post about song lines I do and don't like, it got me to thinking about the whole thing. And I thought, "What am I saying? That I'm some sort of writer snob? Do I not, indeed, like The Misfits? With lyrics like 'Flesh ancient monster design/Unlit pornographic sign?'" What does that even mean and do I want to know?

Then I remembered that, really, when it comes to a song it's the energy more so than the words that get me. To quote Joan Jett, "I think there's nothing better than seeing a three-chord straight up rock 'n' roll band in your face with sweaty music and three minute good songs." And as a prime example of a good less-than-three-minute song that I've been listening to a lot lately, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmbzU6DGeno The video is brilliant, especially during the part with the line "trying to pick up a girl."

I'm all twisted and confused today. I'm having racing thoughts, and not all of them are bad, but much like an ice cream cone falling from a sky scraper, anything can become dangerous when it's going sixty miles an hour. The "I'm digging this song" thought becomes as dangerous as the "why don't I still have a job?" thought. I think it's because they run through my head at the same time, along with about fifteen other thoughts and so it all just becomes noise, like being in a crowded train station. Throw in the fifteen times a minute I hear, "Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!" and after a while I become a blubbering mental patient, lying in bed with my hands over my ears. All those thoughts race across my limp, energyless body like angy, frothing cattle.

The "get a job" thought is particularly menacing though. While the others sweep across me, "get a job" will come back and dance on my face some more. Sadistic bastard.

I think I might be feeling too ADD to finish this post. Sadistic ADD.


melissa bastian. said...

trying to find a job is horrible. it's as if the entire world is conspiring against you to make you think that you're worthless (when you are, in fact, a unique and beautiful snowflake). if they are though, they haven't contacted me yet. wait a minute... maybe they're conspiring against me too!! gen, clearly it's us against them.

don't worry, we'll get the bastards.

Genevieve said...

Dude, today I applied at Applebees. It really IS nofficially us against them.

Tom said...

This is appropriate reading for me right NOW! The job will be going away likely by the end of August, and I need to get it in gear and find something else NOW!

To this end, I've been talking to people about all kinds of things job-related. Last night I was going to eat with a friend and I asked him about his job at a retail nifty-foods chain. He was going over some basics and then told me that starting full-timers there could expect X dollars a year. This is, sadly, several thousand more dollars a year than I currently make even after having worked at my place of employment for three years.

Do I NEED more signs that it's time to move on? Apparently. I'm a slow learner.

Oh, and I met an unemployed writer last night. We bonded. It was nifty. I'm considering Starbucks.