This morning brought the funk. I couldn’t pull myself out of bed to kick things off. The alarm went off, and the snooze button was hit for the billionth time in my life. With my face buried in the pillows, my hand searched for my glasses, which were thought to be on the nightstand; they still were, but it was a struggle to find them. My hand immediately dropped them, and decided to autonomously tried to grab something steadily fixed to a surface. The glasses could wait until my feet touched the floor. Yes, it was one of those mornings. My body was coaxed out, thankfully, and I checked myself in the mirror to make sure my hand didn’t punch or choke me while my person was sleeping. You never know.
“Sew it on / face the fool / those mirrors lie / those aren’t my eyes / destroy them, raise my hand / reflected in savage shards / a new face, a soul reborn…”
– Sunny Day Real Estate, from “Seven,” off of Diary (1994)
Over Good Morning America, bowls of Multi-Grain Cheerios, coffee and coffee and coffee, I caught up with the rest of the world, subjectively through our beloved The Post-Standard, and caught up with the blogs that I follow.
The editorial section could not be ignored today, and there is uncertainty as to why. What was read was much ado about Congressman Dan Maffei, and many people were congratulating him for siding with the Republicans in this whole Federal Government nonsense. Congressman Maffei, a Democrat, sided with the Republicans about the whole “Obama bullshit,” and this baffles me. In brief, this Congressman didn’t do shit the last time he was in office, and he was voted out of office. He was replaced by a Congresswoman Buerkle, a Republican, who was much more active and in tune with what was going on with her community. The last election, last November, she was was beaten by Maffei. This came to many people’s surprises, Republican and Democrat alike, and so indolence was voted back into office after avoiding several debates and press conferences.
Since being voted back into office, Maffei has kept a silent stride. Has he done anything beneficial?
This is not time to dwell upon the past. With the exception of lips smacking echo off the butt of Obama, you don’t hear much from our Congressman. Now, he sides with the Republicans? The Congressman, who probably has his house filled with pictures of himself and Mr. President, had decided to make a giant power play and side with the opposite? I want to say, thank you… So, thank you Hon. Maffei. This comes with a bittersweet tone. However, you’re still not going to gain a vote from me in the future. You have much less than one year to get your campaign started. Please, as a side note, learn to smile more; the smug look you constantly wear cloaks a grin, and smiling is a contagious thing.
Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary (1994)
This is neither here nor there, and this is not a political blog. But I was able to catch up with the blogs, and that eased my political edgyness. It had been a couple days since I had gone out for a run, so my body was aching with lack of exercise. Renee has a recent post about a soundtrack during her cycling workout. Since music is a current topic, since the one-and-only Opinionated Man left me a comment on my blog (save this as definitely a nice treat in the blogging world) about music,
There was nothing that my focus is on, which is making this month-long daily post-a-thon a little bit of a pain. However, there has been heeding my own suggestion to other friends who blog: write about anything. DUH (me)! After facepalming myself repeatedly with 75 percent force, the suggestion of another music-related post seemed fitting. My father looked at me, and he asked, “What the hell are you doing?”
I would never facepalm myself repeatedly in front of my parents like that. That would be just crazy. This is only done in the bathroom and over the sink, because one time my nose my break. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Another major issue today was finding a great groove. The first lap completed around Woodland Reservoir was iffy despite it being successful. Nothing that I was listening to could help me focus, or take my mind off of focusing. Renee, Pearl Jam’s Corduroy did play when my iPod shuffled. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a Pearl Jam type of morning.
However, after giving each shuffle a 10-song trial run, Sunny Day Real Estate’s “48” came through the ear buds. Hence, the references to Sunny Day Real Estate throughout this post. Diary is definitely an album that stands out with me, and it’s not because this is the band’s first release or it having the emo concept. In my opinion, this band is more post-hardcore than anything else. It’s just a powerful album, musically and lyrically. Despite the dark undertones, it’s fun. The compositions of the songs have great grooves to them. When the album plays, there is no desire to skip over song or fast forward through tracks.
What other songs have been on my mind, pushing me to run (faster than intended)?
The Postal Service – “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
- Jimmy Eat World – “Thinking, That’s All”
- Glassjaw – “Ry Ry’s Song”
- Less Than Jake – “Shotgun”
- Big D and the Kids Table – “Chicago”
- Funeral For a Friend – “Man Alive” & “You Want Romance?”
- Regina Spektor – “That Time” & “Oedipus”
- The Casket Lottery – “Looking Good in Orange” & “One Trick Pony”
- Rx Bandits – “It’s Only Another Parsec…”
- Sunny Day Real Estate – “In Circles” & “Shadows”
- Bloc Party – “Kettling”
- Beloved – “Watching the Lines Blur”
- The Hives – “Knock Knock”
- The Gaslight Anthem – “The ’59 Sound” / “The Patient Ferris Wheel” / “We Came To Dance”
- Muse – “Hyper Music”
- Soul Coughing – “Soft Serve”
- Deftones – “Kimdracula” / “Entombed” / “Sextape” / “976-EVIL”
- Incubus – “Hilikus”
- Spin Doctors – “Hungry Hamed’s”
- Gorillaz – “Dirty Harry”
I leave you with “Seven” by Sunny Day Real Estate:
I play with words and invisible objects.
A mind, a pen and a piece paper have the best relationship ever.
"Remember this--if you shut your mouth, you have your choice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald