Lumineers “Angela”

lumineers-angelaI really like this song; it’s soothing, emotionally layered, and brings up nostalgic memories of when I was much younger with an endless sense of freedom. Also, it makes me want to grab my skateboard, converse, vintage backpack and hit the road.

Every kick off the pavement, every business gone by, every smile from strangers, and every stop-light seems to be calling me right now! As I listen to this song over and over again, it’s getting harder not to follow that itch and inviting reverie.

“When you left this town, with your windows down
And the wilderness inside.”

“Let the exits pass, all the tar and glass
‘Til the road and sky align.”

“The strangers in this town,
They raise you up just to cut you down
Oh Angela it’s a long time coming.”

As the lead singer, Wesley Schultz sang those notes with angelic harmony and euphoric grace, I just kept imagining that Angela and I would have met somewhere on the open road; two people, lost, confused, and in dire need of something to believe in….something to keep them going, while the people around them tries to conform them to their disfigured and modified sense of freedom.

“And your Volvo lights lit up green and white
With the cities on the signs.”

“But you held your course to some distant war
In the corners of your mind.”

“From the second time around
The only love I ever found
Oh Angela it’s a long time coming.”

“Home at last.”

I reckon that sometimes, while on this serendipitous journey that Angela and I have embarked on, that the two of us would come to doubt our eagerness to leave everything behind. Also, we would probably, and although unsuccessfully, try to turn around and head back home. But, what would end up saving us from past conformity is this song—on repeat, constantly.

Although life at times may be familiar and comfortable, we must break away sometimes to see what else lies ahead—that’s what this song means to me. “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next,” said Ursula K. Le Guin. If you are like Angela and I, you too must keep going and embrace the open roads of uncertainty.

“Were you safe and warm in your coat of arms
With your fingers in a fist.”

“Did you hear the notes, all those static codes
In the radio abyss?”

“Strangers in this town,
They raise you up just to cut you down
Oh Angela it’s a long time coming
Oh Angela spent your whole life running away.”

“Home at last
Home at last.”

“Vacancy, hotel room, lost in me, lost in you
Angela, on my knees, I belong, I believe.”
“Home at last
Home at last
Home at last
Home at last.”
“Home at last
To listen to this wonderful song, click the following link: Lumineers – “Angela”

The Addiction to Celebrity Culture

Celebrity life addiction cover photo

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I am reading a news site and I pass by an article that discusses a celeb beef, a new celeb relationship, or announcing what a celeb wore or how hot their abs are. It drives me crazy, and definitely not in a good way. In fact, it makes me feel worried for the state of things once again. I believe it is mentally unhealthy to put so much stock in celebrities; let me tell you why.

The only reason people pay any attention to the celebrities and their lives is because they are famous for being on TV, for their music, or whatever else puts these people in the “public eye”. People become obsessed with celebrities, simply because other people have become obsessed with them. I mean, would Justin Bieber be as popular if he didn’t start off marketing to teenage girls just hitting puberty? Probably not, and Justin and his PR team knew that. That’s why they started marketing his own line of women’s perfume in the beginning of his career. What exactly does Justin Bieber know about women’s perfume? Does that sound remotely mentally sound? It isn’t, and nor should it.

Also, people get addicted to celebrity culture because they are thirsty. Yes that’s right, T-H-I-R-S-T-Y. So thirsty, they look like they are really worried about re-populating the planet after 3/4 of the population has died, as opposed to just having a sexual attraction to a person. This aspect of celeb addiction, I find uniquely sad. If a person can’t realize how easily manipulated people are becoming when they are shown a “pretty” (I use quotations to signify the reality that most celebs’ physical appearance is manufactured) face in order to buy something, see a movie, or to endorse a politician *hint hint*, then that person needs to wake up to the reality of what celeb culture is actually about. It is a tool of manipulation, no more, no less. Can you think of another point as to the existence of it?

Celeb culture sets up impossible standards as the reality of what humans should aspire to, even though the celebrities themselves can’t live up to it either. One example is this whole idea of being America’s darling, of being the apple of everyone’s eye and the kind of person that makes the world swoon every time they take a breath; their name is always on someone’s lips. First off, it is annoying when pop culture find a new person to obsess about and spam them to the world. Every other headline is about them and everything they are doing because people just need to know that this person exists *eye-roll*, even if they are a total ass, or even crazy.

Even though, I like Hunger Games and the X-Men franchise, I will use Jennifer Lawrence as an example. When she first gained popularity, people wouldn’t shut up about her. It was, “Jennifer Lawrence this, and JLaw that”, “she’s the new IT girl”. Whatever that means. In a nutshell, she was the bee’s knees in Hollywood for awhile. However, when she was telling off a reporter in a manner that rubbed EVERYONE the wrong way for asking her about the Oscars when he meant to say Golden Globes, and for taking photos at the same time. It just came off mean instead of her being funny like she tried to make it sound, and everyone laughed along with her. It wasn’t funny though. It was a-hole-like. That is another problem with celeb culture. Because they are celebrities, they get to act like how they want and treat people however they want, simply because they are famous and “universally loved”. 

When are people going to realize that celebrity culture is extremely damaging? When their young daughters start taking skip days to go get botox or cosmetic surgery to “appear more sexy” instead of sneaking off to go to a movie? A guy who spent over $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber died from cosmetic surgery. Or how about when people are starting twitter fights with other people over a celeb’s personal problems and they start saying some truly messed up things. That is an every day occurrence. I think it is going to be a big wake-up call for people when they start to understand that what happens in celebrities’ lives really shouldn’t matter to them. It is pointless, damaging to their psyche, and it is somewhat sad. It’s not to say that you can’t be a fan of a celebrity’s work. Just don’t sell your soul to them, just because some celebrities have sold their souls to the Hollywood machine.


Sasha Obama, Her Summer Gig Is Not So Bad

sasha obama serving food

THE PRESIDENT’S KID, SASHA OBAMA, has been working a summer gig at some restaurant serving guests and waiting tables. According to reports, she’s been seen serving guests in her work uniform as secret service men wait nearby—keeping a watchful eye over her. When I heard about this I didn’t know how to feel about it; should I be happy for her or should I feel sorry for her?

Although famous and never have to worry about finding employment, the Obama’s still want to raise their daughters up as normal as possible. And who can blame them? If your famous and you don’t do so, I would argue that you’re setting your child up for a world of despoiling deviltries.  Take the son of one of NYC’s property moguls, Steven Croman, for example, who’s video went viral after he was caught calling an UBER driver a “minimum wage faggot.” Then, Jack Marrian, the 30-year-old son of some Scotish aristocrat, who was caught—just recently—by the Kenyan Government for trafficking 100kg of cocaine. And of course, he’s denying everything!

Having said that, and although I think it’s a little silly that she’s constantly watched by daddy’s goon-squad, children—rich or poor—having some kind of employment enables them to develop an appreciation for hard work. In view of this, I now actually find myself to be happy for her—-instead of feeling sad or her. Because I know it’s teaching her a valuable lesson—that, and maybe someday, when she running for president, she’ll have something to say that will help her connect with us working-class folks.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think about famous people making their kids work for living?

Video of Jake Croman, son of Steven Croman, NYC’s property mogul, calling UBER driver a foul langauge

BBC’s article of 30-year-old Jack Marrian, son of Scottish arisocrat, smuggling 100kg of coocian into Kenya


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