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Without Music, Life Would Be a Mistake

I can no longer recall where I spotted that Friedrich Nietzsche quote recently, but it pops up now and again and has always stuck with me. Music has been one of my main coping methods for as long as I can remember. And my quality of life improved with my first pair of headphones. Better still these days, with bluetooth noise-cancelling ones. My younger self could have benefited greatly from these. And anyone else who suffers from misophonia.

Five Good Things, music edition:

  • This new interview with Stevie Nicks made my day - topics ranging from Tom Petty to Drag Queens to “Game of Thrones” and missing Prince.
  • Tuesday night I dragged my tired self out, while it was snowing again, to see a band I was really excited about. ADULT. And I’m really glad I did. They were incredible. It even felt like going out to a show on a school night, back in the day, because I picked up some friends along the way. The buddy system is the best. Tonight I have a ticket to see The Chills, on their first US tour since 1996. I hope I can manage it. They are long-time faves but it’s going to be such a long day. Day job, then teaching at the part-time job then show? Then work in the morning. I’m getting too old for this kind of endurance test.
  • Next Tuesday I finally get to see Robyn! You and me together, Stars 4-Ever! I managed to buy a ticket during the pre-sale. That show sold out so quickly.
  • Brought to my attention via Mizna, this a great article written by Miray Filobos analyzing Rami Malek’s recent Oscar win:
    “My Facebook feed is engulfed with images of Rami Malek winning awards, and none of his role playing Freddie Mercury – a flamboyantly androgynous and queer legend. Erased from their Facebook posts – intentionally, I think – is part of Rami’s speech where he emphasizes that the film is, indeed, ‘about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself.’ The selective celebration of immigration and not of queerness is blatant, and the heroization of Rami Malek as an immigrant makes me wonder if he would have been so quickly claimed as ‘one of us’ had he, himself, been queer.”
  • Low covering Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire has been in my regular rotation lately.

Still thinking about Stevie Nicks. So many highlights in that interview. This bit is pretty great:

I don’t like what the Internet has done to people and I don’t like the fact that it’s nailed romance to the wall. I think it’s hard for people to find love these days. That makes me sad as a songwriter, because I want to write about love — I write about my friends’ relationships. People who call me up and say, “Oh my God, I met this gorgeous man and I totally fell in love with him,” and and I’m like, “Tell me more!” But it’s not happening near as much. Girls, don’t take it personally. It’s not you — it’s the Internet. There has to be romance before there can be love and it’s very hard to find romance in this hardcore high-tech world.

I’m not in a relationship and haven’t been in one for a long time, because I have chosen to follow my musical muse all over the world. When I was 20, 30, 40, I always had a boyfriend — always. But I have decided I’m just going to be free and follow my muse and do whatever I want, because I’m 70 years old and I can. That’s my choice. But if you do want to find romance? Throw away your fucking phone.

Badass babe companions
ADULT. at Turf Club
Vowws at Turf Club

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