May 28th, 2007

So, So Trippy

Last night we hung out at home with Miss Brown and the Lucious Lipstick Lesbians.

Brunette Lesbian was on Darvocet for a hurt foot.

I was on Xanax.

Miss Brown and Brunnette Lesbian and Rome Girl drank wine and smoked a lot of pot.

We then watched Little Britain, which I normally find boring, but given the state of all of us was hilarious.

Think, Thank, Thunk

The only complaint I have with Xanax is it makes me wonder "Is this how most people feel all the fucking time?"

Like, you know that feeling when you've had the flu for two weeks and then it's the first day without the flu and you are like "Fuck! Good day! Sunshine!"

I think you don't realize what's not normal until you feel normal.

Like, it's only now occurring to me that most people don't get scared of opening work email because they assume that all work email will be telling them they are pieces of shit. They like think "I wonder what this email is about?"

And most people when they run into their friends don't spend the first 10 minutes wondering "do these people hate me?"

Or wondering if the reason they didn't get paid by a client was because they had a slightly unkind thought about a friend and the gods are punishing him.

It's sort of refreshing to face the world with confidence instead of fear, but it makes me wonder what I've been missing out on.


So, a potential client is looking for someone to write the text for a page a day calendar thing filled with "Inspirational Rock And Roll Quotes."

As a test for the job he asked me to come up with five out of the top of my head with the caveat that they had to be all non religious and represent several decades of music.

The problem here is two fold:

1. Rock and Roll is the bastard love child of Blues, Gospel, Country and Folk - all of which have a rich religious tradition that is well represented in rock (even in songs that most people don't think of as religious.)

2. The number one ongoing theme in rock lyrics - whether it be love songs, political songs, angst songs, emo songs, whatever - is a young man's quest to find something to believe in, almost getting there, but then finding it lacking. Yet, in general he keeps trying and hoping. While this is not always overtly religious, if you take the lyrics out of context it can come off as religious.

Anyway, since he wanted them off the top of my head I gave him the first secular inspirational five I could think of:

"If the world is so wrong you can take it all with one song." Hole, Awful

"I don't need to fight to prove I'm right. I don't need to be forgiven." The Who, Baba O'Riley

"It's a town full of losers and we're pulling out of here to win," Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road

"Sad woman take it slow, it will work itself out fine, all we need is just a little patience." Guns 'N Roses, Patience

"You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real." Van Halen, Jump