She Lit A Fire

No, it’s not a new song, but it IS new to my current playlist on repeat in the office.

And I would like to thank Google for their “Pumpkin State of Mind” playlist. It is A-MAZ-ING! And many thanks to indie folk-rock band Lord Huron and past band member Brett Farkas and current band member Ben Schneider for writing the song you can listen to below. It’s so good.

Where, could that girl have gone
Where, I’ve wandered far
Where, could that girl have gone
She left no trail but I cannot fail
I will find her
She lit a fire, but now she’s in my every thought

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So now that you’ve listened, you might be wondering why it sounds familiar. Well, it’s similar in sound to their song “The Night We Met” which had air time in an episode of 13 Reasons Why during a dance scene with Clay and Hannah. Which is so sad :(

A go-to feel-good show coming to an end that looks into the future

You know those shows you immediately think of when you need to just feel better?

Mine used to be Psych, but that is not available on Netflix anymore (BOO!) and the series ended on USA so it’s just not as accessible as I would like it to be. My kids and I love to watch Friends, but now that we’ve seen the entire series three times from start to finish I really need something else.

So, I started watching New Girl. Now granted I have seen it before, but not religiously. One drawback is that I can’t really watch it with the kids. The contest is typically far too suggestive for their ears. BUT when I do get a chance to tune in, usually on Netflix, I am guaranteed to laugh.

All that being said, I just saw that this will be their final season! The seventh and final season of New Girl will begin airing sometime in 2018. (That’s another thing I don’t get about series these days, they have such wonky air dates.) Anyway, the upcoming season just might have a twist! This final season will only have eight episodes and it sounds like they’re planning for something a little different.

According to People’s Choice, the seventh season of New Girl will be picking up three years after the season 6 finale! WHAT!?

That would mean fans would see Schmidt and Cece with a child (since they were expecting in season 6), we’d find out what happened after Winston called his dad, and the fate of Jess and Nick’s romance.

Curious!? I am!

One of these things is not like the other

Okay, fine, I understand the danger in lumping people into categories. Like All Republicans or All Liberals or All Muslims or All Hispanics. Using the word ALL is a dangerous thing. However, everyone, ALL of us, absolutely need to acknowledge what is happening in our country and choose whether or not they condone it. There is no gray line here, there is no middle of the road. You’re either with the oppressed and you desire to help fix the situation or you are as bad as the oppressor for tolerating the evil and the hate. There is no excuse, there are no reasons, this is completely unjustifiable.

And do NOT try to tell me that there are two sides. No. I don’t want to have to give you that face I make when my eyes get all wide and my jaw juts out in disdain.

Let’s be clear.

One of these things is not like the other.

White Supremacy is not, in any way, the same as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Don’t say it. Don’t even think it.

Don’t try to convince me, don’t make an argument.

You’re wrong.

Listen to me. Black Live Do Matter. And when I say that I am not also saying that other lives matter less or more. I’m not.

Black lives matter is a statement, it means exactly what it says it means.

It DOES NOT MEAN that black people think their lives are more important than anyone else.

White Supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races. That is also a plain and simple statement.
I’m not inferring thing here, it is a FACT.

If you’re hurt by this there is nothing I can do to change your hurt, but please know that there is no such thing as reverse racism.

You see, the people who are the most privileged seem to be the same people who talk about reverse racism and who have a problem with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Do you know why?

Because they are privileged and it doesn’t concern them, they haven’t experienced the problem and so it isn’t real.

whatdoyouthinkWhite privilege exists my friends. And if you think I’m wrong than I’m pretty confident you are benefiting from said privileges. An example, I know my boys can wear whatever they want without instantly being labeled a thug, low life etc. I’ve said this before, I have no worries about sending my boys down to get the mail from the mailbox wearing a hoodie. It wouldn’t cross my mind to tell them to consider changing before they left the house that way. Just typing that seems ludicrous, right? It sounds ridiculous and yet it is true. Especially when hate filled people can put a white hood on their head with only eye holes, light a torch and walk down the street screaming about Jews, and somehow that is okay…

Furthermore, I’ve been in a classroom where I was the minority only once while in college. But I’ve been in a classroom dozens of times where I was in the majority and I have seen, dozens of times, professors specifically call on a black student for their opinion because they are black. I can’t even imagine how it must feel to be questioned as if I were the sole representative for my entire race. And don’t even get me started on the people who are mad about affirmative action with employers! No one questions why a white person gets a really great job, it’s assumed that they were the best qualified candidate. #Whiteprivilege

So in writing this and re-writing and erasing and deleting and drafting and starting over… I am asking myself why it is so difficult to write this post.

It is difficult because I am angry. And when I am angry I have a hard time forming words that will then make sense.

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A KKK rally in Charlottesville in July 2017

Charlottesville is a city in Virginia. Virginia is a state in the United States. It is the year 2017. Why in the name of God and all that is good in this universe did a group of mostly white males think it would be okay to light torches and walk through the night proclaiming that they are a superior race? And this isn’t the first time, the photo here is from another rally last month!

What kind of backwards, cluster of a racist mess must exist in their brains and in their hearts, for them to feel it was in any way okay to do what they did?
And they say it is because of a statue!?

You know the confederates were committing treason against the United States when they tried to separate from the North because they were defending slavery. Historic monument or not why would you want to maintain a legacy of inequality? Doesn’t seem very patriotic to me. These statues memorialize a time when our courts held that black people were only three-fifths human. And there is still so much inequality in our country, so the removal of monuments that represent the ideology of white supremacy is a step in the right direction.

And due to the evilness in Virginia, due to their pure hatred, three people died this past weekend.

Heather Heyer, a Charlottesville resident was 32 years old, she was peacefully protesting against the neo-nazis, she is dead now because one of the men who was part of the neo-nazi group decided to plow his car into the people protesting his evil.

Two state troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, also died Saturday, when their helicopter crashed as they were heading towards the scene.

In total, at least 34 people were wounded and Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declared a state of emergency.

It is something I cannot begin to understand, nor do I want to understand it. How can hating people and believing you are better than someone else ever be the answer?

So why, in this lovely year of 2017, are there hundreds of organized, official, documented HATE GROUPS in this country that I was one proud to call my home?

While there are so many suffering, struggling, treated unfairly and unjustly, while there is such evil, discrimination, hatred and racism in the United States, I cannot say that I am proud. And honestly, in many ways, I never should have been proud. While the United States has made great strides in improving equality there is still very far to go.

The fact that I had to write something similar to this not long ago is also very distressing to me.

Our President and his administration are part of the problem. They care only about money, power and status. They do not care about people, or the environment. To the current administration the only thing that seems to matter is how much money is lining their pockets. The fact that hate crimes are through the roof and that many of the perpetrators are thanking Trump, just sickens me.

His idiotic, uneducated, whining tweets sicken me.

“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”

“Truly bad people!” The press, not the Nazis. I just can’t even.

All of this being said. As a human race, we’re not perfect. None of us, and we all should always be working on being better people. We should have open minds and open hearts. We should strive not to tolerate each other, but to respect and accept each other.

Our differences and the worlds injustices go beyond color. We are divided by race, by gender, by sexual identity, we are divided by religion, by politics and by class. We are a united nation that is so utterly divided it is heart breaking. And the worst part about it is all the millions of people who think I’m wrong.

scrink.comDon’t let racism and hate and evilness happen around you. Don’t stand there in silence and say that you are not those things. When you see people being oppressed and you choose not to do something then you are, too, their oppressor.

WAKE UP!

Wake up and stand up and speak out!

And then keep doing it. Admitting you see the problem does not fix the problem. There is much to be done.

One day I hope we can all celebrate our differences, and on that day, truly stand united.

Now, there is a positive note in all of this, and that is the thousands of people who put together peaceful rallies to show solidarity.

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Barry & Joe – Bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves

A few years ago I met Adam Reid, he’s a director, illustrator, storyteller, producer, brand jedi extraordinaire from Maplewood, New Jersey. He co-founded the production company and agency Bodega Studios.

From the moment my family met him we thought he was very cool, and not just because he was shooting a Mazda commercial in our house with Minnie Driver. (She is also very cool).

And now… his coolness meter has reached grand new heights! Because Adam is working on an animated sci-fi sitcom starring two of my most favorite people in the whole world Former President Barack Obama and Former Vice President Joe Biden. Adam, like myself, misses these two and their “bromance” but it goes beyond the wit, humor and classic aviator sunglasses. This is about two bold, charming men who are going to be given the chance to go back in time (with their current knowledge) and save the world! Their only guide on this journey is Neil deGrasse Tyson! *squeal* I am so excited!

Adam writes, “If you’re like me, you’re more than a bit concerned lately about the fate of our country, our planet, and humanity itself.

And while we need new heroes to step in and stand up for what is right, I can’t help but intensely miss Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

I dream about how the world might be different if we could go back in time and make better choices understanding what we know now. If only there was some way to set things right.”

Currently, this whole concept is in a Kickstarter phase. Your help is needed! The perks for backing this series are pretty stellar if I do say so myself.  Pledge $75 and get a “Barry and Joe” coloring book! Pledge $100 for the “Hoodie of Resistance.” And for those of you with let’s say $10,000 extra laying around to invest in something super awesome, you will have an opportunity to get producer credit, A SPEAKING ROLE IN THE SERIES, a hoodie AND a poster! WHAT!?

But even a pledge of $5 can get you a digital pack of Barry & Joe themed artwork which is amazing!

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Created by Adam Reid / Illustration by Lance Laspina

Please, please share this with your friends and family and people you meet in elevators that go up 15 floors and you’re not sure what to say. Print out the image, tell them about the Kickstarter and get them on board!

Kickstarter Link –https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597035573/barry-and-joe-the-animated-series-pilot

You can’t give up the things you love to make it better

Cut Copy is at it again with a new track called “Standing in the Middle of the Field.”

What started out as a group of people recording music in their bedroom is now a band that promises to out do themselves with each new album.

As we all know, I’m a lyrics person, Cut Copy has progressively gotten better on the lyric front, but their music is something that moves me musically rather than lyrically.

Without further adieu, taken from their forthcoming album “Haiku From Zero” set to release on September 22, they oh so super catchy “Standing in the Middle of the Field.”

Lost somewhere between the truth and make believe

Those of you who know me also know that when I really like a song I’ll play it 24 times in a row with no qualms and I’ll belt it out like my life depends on it.

This is one of those songs. I’m definitely a lyrics girl, so I always listen to the lyrics and these are perfect. But the music is also amazing, I love it, he’s incredibly talented. So let’s not keep him a secret, ok, let’s scream from the rooftops that the man has 23 albums and I’m only just now listening! I have so much to catch up on! I even believe that my friends who aren’t so into country will also love Will Hoge. Think of Bruce Springsteen and/or John Mellencamp.

So the song I’m going on about is called “17” and will be released on Anchors an album set to drop this week on August 11. For those near me, he’ll be in Philly on September 20 at World Cafe Live.

I’m just trying to play
Every song that I think might make you look my way

Look my way

You’ll need to drag the slider to 4:30 if you’re interested in hearing just the song, he rambles on a bit prior to that because it’s a recording of a show.

Anchors Track List:
1. The Reckoning
2. This Grand Charade
3. Little Bit of Rust (feat. Sheryl Crow)
4. Cold Night in Santa Fe
5. Baby’s Eyes
6. This Ain’t An Original Sin
7. Through Missing You
8. Anchors
9. Angels Wings
10. 17
11. Young As We Will Ever Be

Pain is on the way out now

So I knew it has been a few years since The War on Drugs released an album, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the album was or if it did well or what the singles might have been, because I have no idea. However, I did just stumble upon their latest track called “Pain” and I really liked it. So thank you Google Play Radio for sharing this new release with me, I doubt I would have heard it otherwise. And looks, I liked it enough that I logged in to write about it, when is the last time that happened? Well in all fairness I did just share a video from Ziggy Marley so I guess it hasn’t been that long, but prior to the island music I had written about something music since December!

Onto The War on Drugs…

A Deeper Understanding is the bands fourth album, due for arrival August 25th, via Atlantic Records. This is their first album under the new label, they used to be Secretly Canadian. Eh.

photo credit – Shawn Brackbill
photo credit – Shawn Brackbill

This band is from Philly, which I very much appreciate since that’s only about 40 minutes from me, less if you drive like my brother. They’ve been around over a decade now since 2005. They’re currently touring, obviously, since they are releasing an album. They’ll be in Philly in September, at the Dell Music Center, in case you’re interested. They’ll be heading overseas in November.

I was staring into the light
When I saw you in the distance, I knew that you’d be mine
Am I moving back in time
Just standing still

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Holding On” –

https://youtu.be/LBWiMAu3uII

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place” –

https://youtu.be/TeaDE1magRk

A Deeper Understanding Tracklisting:

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing To Find
  7. Thinking of a Place
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have To Go

Pre-order A Deeper Understandinghttps://Atlantic.lnk.to/ADeeperUnderstanding

Bring Me Up | by Christy Mannering