Sunday Songs to Spark the Spirit and Summon the Moves of the Dance

If you’re hatin’ on the latest music phenom known as Billie Eilish because you think her fame is a result of entitlement and nepotism in the entertainment industry — Seriously, who had ever heard of the uniquely-styled seventeen-year-old’s low-level acting parents or whatever their L.A. entertainment gigs are before she and her brother became famous? And I’m still not even sure what her brother became famous for. — like so many are, then I sure hope you’re voting in the 2020 presidential election because we have President The Donald’s highly entitled child and child-in-law prancing all around our pretty but petulant planet behaving as presidential advisors and high-level diplomats who…

Hold on.

Deep breath…

Let’s get back to music before it gets all politically ugly up in here.

Anyway, I first heard of the young singing phenom known as Billie Eilish from Mr. David Grohl of all people when he shared an instagram post several months back claiming something to the effect of how, after repeatedly hearing how awesome Billie is from his pre-teen daughter, he found out first hand just how awesome she is after taking said pre-teen daughter to one of said singing phenom’s concerts.

If anyone knows me they know how big of a man crush I have on Mr. David Grohl so if he says Billie Eilish is a Rock Star then by gawd Billie Eilish is a mfin’ Rock Star.

Case closed.

#rockondammit
#votedammit


Featured image of what looks to be a young Ivanka Trump dancing while sitting on her father The Donald’s lap — notice I specifically did not call it a lap dance — courtesy of Snopes.com

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16 Replies to “Sunday Songs to Spark the Spirit and Summon the Moves of the Dance”

  1. I am so out of touch with the world that I’d only ever heard her name mentioned on NPR. (Let that sink in…) So I didn’t know how to spell it. Thanks for giving me the excuse (and the spelling) to look up some of her videos. Really compelling voice and love the videos, although jeesh, that’s some dark stuff.

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      1. These days I’m just so worried that any young person saying something that seems to normalize or even glorify self-harming behavior and suicidal thoughts is going to have dire results. And then there will be even more teenagers who never have a chance to grown out of this period in their lives.

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        1. Well, that kind of worry, while noble, could lead down a slippery slope. Many artists’ best creations came directly from their personal sufferings and tragedies and I worry more that self-censorship by these creatives due to fret over unintended consequences of their creation might deprive the world at large of something, while perhaps troubling and potentially trigger, universally beautiful and inspiring. Apparently Eilish suffers depression and her gloomy music has helped her cope.

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  2. Yep, all good points. Turns out that I can feel strongly that nobody should censor artistic expression and that she should have the right to say whatever she wants and simultaneously worry about the effects of the messages she sends.

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      1. Yes, except according to the research I’ve seen (which may not be comprehensive, of course) people have been trying and trying and failing to find any connection between violent video games and their players engaging in gun violence. But research does show a distressing spike in suicides after celebrity suicides. I’m not sure whether that extends to movies or songs about suicide; it might be harder to judge because the timing of exposure is more spread out, but in theory the main effect would be shortly after release.

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        1. Sadly it’s pretty much a national past time in some Asian countries. And it’s just not reserved for the impressionable youth and fans of the celebs as we found out recently with Chester Bennington’s (former lead singer of Linkin Park) suicide on the one-year anniversary of the suicide of his good pal Chris Cornell (former lead singer of Sound Garden and other bands). Sometimes living is a hard thing to do; and, with 7 billion or so fateful souls trying to make a go at it on a daily basis, we’ll unfortunately find that, as the poignant REM lyric famously yet fatally reminds us, not everyone can carry the weight of the world…

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          1. I’m not sure exactly what argument you’re making, but nothing you’ve said seems to disagree with me, so… okay? Yeah, life is hard. Sometimes too hard for some people. But, not to be flippant here, suicide is obviously a very serious life decision, one that teenagers just don’t have the life experience and maturity to make yet. So I’m mostly worried about the impressionable youth who are depressed in part because being a teenager sucks. Yeah duh, being a teenager sucks for a lot of folks, for a lot of reasons. Hold on a little while longer, and the odds are *very good* that things will get better.

            Now if you’re 30 or 40 or 50 and it hasn’t gotten better, and you’ve tried the meds and the therapy and they haven’t worked… that’s a different story. I get it, trust me, I do. Just know that you’re wrong when you think that your friends and family won’t be hurt and grieving because of it, you know?

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          2. Whose arguing? Sorry, thought we were having a conversation. I guess my attempts to forward the dialogue were unsuccessful. Note to self – in future online discourses, so as not to appear argumentative, include more smiley emoticons in responses. :)

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          3. Sorry, that’s my bad for using academic speak without proper explanatory footnotes. πŸ™‚ I didn’t mean argumentative (like trying to be disagreeable). I meant posing an argument, i.e., offering up ideas and facts that support a general position and move the discussion in a specific direction. So what I meant was: I’m not certain what direction you’ve gone in with those points, but I think we’re still agreeing on all the basics. So yes, I thought we were having a (very nice) conversation too. πŸ™‚

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          4. Haha, yeah, unless I’m wearing a collared shirt (which these days I rarely am) and am bellied up to a podium with the opposition side eyeing me warily from across the room (which these days as far removed from academia and profession as I am I never am), then an argument to my base mind is an argument proper, meaning as one meant to be felt in a furor of outrage and indignation… hence my confusion when called out for arguing. Anyway, back to normal order. In the future, please leave all smart people lingo and other dangerous weapons at the door before entering. :)

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          5. I’m the total opposite, spending most of my time making what I hope are coherent and logical “arguments” to convince reasonable people of reasonable things (like, please fund this important research). In my personal life I’ve been lucky to surround myself with folks who are intelligent and civilized and open-minded (whether academic and learned or not). I generally find anything involving yelling and/or multiple exclamation points to be a waste of valuable energy and time. Like they say, don’t let a pig get you into a wrestling match: you just get dirty and the pig likes it. So if I find myself in a drag-out argument involving outrage and furor, clearly something’s gone horribly wrong. ;-)

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