Archive for September, 2011

Positive Dissent

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Shawn Harris - The Matches
I was just saying on Facebook that I’m a huge fan of music about social & political dissent disguised as positive / happy music. I love the idea of people who don’t really pay attention to lyrics enjoying an upbeat song and not realizing it’s possibly counter to their beliefs. This happened a lot in high school. My very fiscally and social conservative friends would listen to a rocking song and ignore the fact that it’s about gay rights, socialism, anti-war, anti-wealth, anti-them.

Most recently from a Belle & Sebastian song, Dress Up in You:

Blow up in the face of my rivals
I swear and I rant, I make quite an arrival
The men are surprised by the language
They act so discreet, they are hypocrites so fuck them too!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wes - Canopy Drums
“That’s why we’re escaping
So we won’t have to die
We won’t have to deny
Our dirty god
Our dirty bodies ”

– The Thermals, A Pillar of Salt

Wannabe Elitists vs. Elitists

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Townlake Dusk in Summer

The wannabe-elitist constructs and climbs their own social hierarchy based on where their interests and goals lie. A pure elitist sees through those games and considers themselves above all of them. I would like to strive for neither, although it seems impossible. The wannabee-elitist is self-serving and considers those who don’t want to play the game as flakes, or lazy, undriven, not up for the challenge, etc… The pure elitist’s philosophy, however, is prone to ennui, often caused by a rebellion against the wannabe-elitists. I don’t know which one I fit into more. All I know is… nice guys don’t finish last, they just don’t run the race because they don’t understand it or think it’s fleeting.

I’m just so tired of all of it. It’s hard not to imagine what others think of your actions. You can’t make them understand. You just have to not care. That’s the only real power you have.