Just realised that the opening of In the Heights is identical to the beginning of “America” from West Side Story. And it’s totally purposeful, because half of the point of In the Heights is the after-effects of immigration on the mind of those who left/came/were displaced/moved/etc. Ambivalence about both America and the ‘homeland’, longing to return and/or stay, the forming of diaspora communities and their reconstitution as new mixes of cultures are writ large eighteen different ways across this play, from Nina’s focus on maintaining her Spanish as a means of staying in touch with her history, to Vanessa’s desire to get out and Abuela Claudia’s “Paciencia y Fe”, which is (imo) the centrepiece of the show, which is a show about home, but even moreso a show about dreams - dreams broken, dreams inherited, dreams suddenly fulfilled or cut short. It’s about breaking open the dream and seeing what’s inside it and accepting it and dreaming bigger. Anyway. Totally purposeful. Both completey awesome.
Clearly this is on my mind today, but do you have any thoughts on The Fall?
Um. My thoughts on The Fall are that I probably should listen to them at some point?
I know who they are and I know they’re a big deal, but at some point in the last five years (around the same time that I realized that while my modes of listening to music will always be record-store-nerdy my tastes don’t necessarily fall there anymore, and maybe around the same time that I realized that I like writing about music but don’t know if making a career out of it was something I would enjoy/was good enough to do) I stopped feeling the need to learn up on the entire canon of indie rock.
Having a big list of music I had to learn to like initially was a good fit with my vaguely OCD approach to my hobbies and interests but it ended up being very artificial, and I ended up frequently just feeling like I was missing out on something. (Granted, I’m still vaguely OCD about how I listen to music, but more in the “OH WOW 90s PRINCE LPs ARE SECRETLY AWESOME. I WILL LISTEN TO NOTHING ELSE FOR THE NEXT MONTH” way. Less planned.) Not getting Pavement was a big deal for me once. So, at some point I will inevitably stumble into The Fall and then I will leave you a big message in your askbox saying IAN! THIS IS AMAZING! WHY WAS I NOT LISTENING TO THIS BEFORE? but until that day I’ll just keep stumbling.
#yes, marvins room, that means you #but not take care #fall for your type can be returned to drake, though
Better “Te Amo”: Rihanna (Rated R, 2009) or Atlas Sound (Parallax, 2011)?
Fucked up my reply, so reblog it is. Stupid iPhone.
Love Bradford’s voice jumping up through the haze and how the backing track sounds like an outtake from Brion’s ESotSM score.
Still, Rihanna might win this. The vaguely erotic mix of being drawn into another’s attraction and sadness at not reciprocating/not being able to reciprocate is an ambivalence that isn’t easy to nail, especially in 4 minutes. That she didn’t switch the subject of the song to a guy when recording Fauntleroy’s demo just makes it all the more effective. Contrast this to the exploitative Katy Perry ‘lesbian experimentation’ of the rest of the pop charts. No contest.
Or at least the production? (Did he just rap about playing a Bar Mitzvah? He did. Wow.)
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