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Videos, music

I just texted a coworker a link to a music video (along with some choice commentary). Upon doing so, I was hit with a huge rush of nostalgia—do you remember that feeling of sitting in front of the television, all perched and excited, just waiting for MuchMusic to finally play that video that you’d heard so much about, or that other video that you were dying to see again (for the fifth time that week)?

The new immediacy of YouTube is dandy and all, but I’ll be damned if I don’t have such a special spot in my little heart for music video television programming of the olden days.

I remember the first time I saw the video for Black Hole Sun. The first time I saw Smells Like Teen Spirit. The first time I saw the addictively creepy visuals that accompanied a Nine Inch Nails song. The first time I was scandalized by that one video from Live (Lakini’s Juice? It was racy!). I remember the hilarious Weird Al takeovers, where he’d voice-over videos and just be ridiculous for, like, an entire weekend. Nothing was funnier.

And I remember waiting for MM’s Intimate & Interactive—complete with sign-wielding, screaming, super-devoted fans all clumped together in the cordoned-off zone on Queen Street—to start so I could watch Sloan or Silverchair or The Smashing Pumpkins play in that fun little studio that I always dreamed of visiting or working in. (Oh, to be a VJ!)

This all was such a large part of my discovery and love of music. An entire channel, made only for music! It was a huge influence on what I listened to, and what I still listen to, even. To think that we are among the last of the people to know a MuchMusic pre-MyPregnantTeenageSweetSixteenPimpMyRide era is sad. But also kind of awesome. The memories are so quaint and sweet and the VJs were so good and kind and smart. The bands were so real and the videos were almost always worth waiting for.

— 18 hours ago with 2 notes
#muchmusic  #musicfirst  #music videos  #nostalgia  #oh god I am old 
"Remember this: The only way you can fully enjoy the love in your life is to choose to make something else more important in your life than love."
Love is not enough • Mark Manson • http://markmanson.net/love
— 1 day ago with 4 notes
#realtalk  #truthbomb  #ouch  #firm but fair 
countingbooks:

"Why do we write fiction?"
To disappear

countingbooks:

"Why do we write fiction?"

To disappear

(via powells)

— 5 days ago with 2064 notes
Aside from The Beatles (Dad’s vinyl collection had the advantage of becoming a part of my life at a very early age), Sloan has been the most long-term and consistently important band of my entire life.
Last night’s show meant so much. Feeling pretty damn fortunate to have been there—stage right, very front…and I’m delightfully deaf for it, even with earplugs in—for it. 

Aside from The Beatles (Dad’s vinyl collection had the advantage of becoming a part of my life at a very early age), Sloan has been the most long-term and consistently important band of my entire life.

Last night’s show meant so much. Feeling pretty damn fortunate to have been there—stage right, very front…and I’m delightfully deaf for it, even with earplugs in—for it. 

— 5 days ago with 1 note
#sloan  #commonwealth  #cancon  #seansaidplay 
Sloan tonight!

Sloan tonight!

Ladyhawk & the Cons on Saturday, and now Sloan tonight. I have no idea how this is happening to me, but I love it.

— 6 days ago with 2 notes
#Sloan tonight!  #Sloan  #best band in the land 
Cons4Eever

I can’t believe that get to see one of my all-time favourite bands play tomorrow. Especially when I thought I’d never get the chance to again. It’s been years.

Bright and early tomorrow morning, I’m going load my little car with my favourite humans and their associated, exceptional digital music libraries (honourable—if not the ONLY—mention goes to the AVL iPod—my gosh. Bow before it and its wondrous gigabytes, worthless groundling!) and dive into a ten-hour round trip to see the magnificent Constantines (with Ladyhawk! My god.) in all their perfect, perfect glory.

I can’t even say enough about what this band means to me, and I can’t articulate how they make me feel. When it comes to music, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s going to be magic. Stupid, stupid magic. Can’t wait.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
#TooWildForWords  #constantines  #ladyhawk  #road trip  #CanCon  #music  #musicfirst 
Things I can’t stop thinking about:
  • Tattoos (first—sixth).
  • Air travel (Seattle. Disneyland. Portland again. Anywhere.)
  • Finally getting a bass guitar.
  • Replacing my DSLR. Learning how the damn thing works.
  • "What if?"
  • Journaling, and how to.
  • Starting running again. Again.
  • More music. Only two ears, but more music, please. Always.
— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#thinking  #thinking too much  #lists of thoughts  #wants  #wishes  #rare positivity 
Feelings.

My therapist keeps telling me that it’s okay that I have feelings, and that my feelings are welcome.
And every time she says that, I tear up.
Because no matter how earnestly and warmly she says so, a much more assertive and commanding voice in my mind tells me that she’s wrong. Because she’s definitely wrong.

— 1 week ago with 11 notes
#therapy is hard  #truthful Tuesday 
So much in so few words.

So much in so few words.

(Source: ivegotwarinmind, via samhumphries)

— 2 weeks ago with 11189 notes
"Start ignoring people who threaten your joy.
Literally, ignore them.
Say nothing.
Don’t invite any parts of them into your space."
— 1 month ago with 270971 notes
"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."
Jonathan Carroll (via danmaru)

Yes.

(via gatsbylives)

(Source: quotethat, via gatsbylives)

— 1 month ago with 59488 notes
#kindness  #a gentle life  #be good  #be thoughtful 
"Her seatbelt was pushing into her hip, and she began to feel the possibility of an end ahead of them, the way the light of an August afternoon could sometimes cast the shadows of October."
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 2 months ago with 1 note
#book quotes  #dirty love  #Andre Debus 
"His name is like a cool damp cloth over hot skin. It’s the title of her favourite book and her favourite movie and her favourite CD. It’s what she would call anything good for her."
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 2 months ago with 1 note
#book quotes  #dirty love  #andre debus  #good things 
"I remember your eyes: fifty attack dogs on a single leash."
— 2 months ago with 2014 notes
"…and she talks on and on about difficulty and loss, but she does it with a glint in her eye, the black humour of the condemned, like we are all in this together and who, honey, said it would ever go the way it was supposed to anyway?"
Dirty Love | Andre Debus III
— 2 months ago with 17 notes
#book quotes  #dirty love  #Andre Debus III  #all in this together