Okay, so I heard this song a few days ago and I am kind of totally digging it! It’s suuuuper clubby, but the synth that kicks in around 2:47 is making me really, really happy. When I listen to this part of the song, it just makes everything seem a little better. Probably because it sounds so ’80s, and anything that reminds me of that decade is great.
ALSO: Vanilla Ice hair is officially back in now? Well it’s about time.
Speaking of Chris Knight…
Sometimes when things are getting me down, I like to imagine myself as a student at Pacific Tech, hanging with Chris, Mitch, Jordan, Ick, and Lazlo. I would spend my days discussing subatomic particle theory, playing pranks on Kent, jumping around in huge piles of popcorn created by a giant laser beam from space, and following dudes who live in my closet down into underground abandoned mine shafts.
Sounds pretty good to me!
“They’re student beauticians…”
“It’s a moral imperative.”
“Do you think it’s getting weird around here?”
Today, a song for you, from the movie Real Genius, which I am obsessed with.
The final scene in this movie is one of my favorites of all time. I too would like to cavort in a giant mountain of popcorn that was created by a laser beam from space. Is that really so much to ask from life? Perhaps it is. But I like to dream big.
Paul Simon’s Graceland is one of my favourite records — I would even go so far as to put it in my top 10 of all time. Pretty much every song is amazing, and the music reminds me so much of being in Africa when I was little. Someday I intend to write a longer article on the entire album — but for now I just want to post the video for the first song, ‘The Boy in the Bubble’.
Paul Simon was (is) such a great lyricist. I love words, and one of the things I like most about this record is the phrasing — the way that he’s put lyrics together in combinations that are whimsical, interesting, and often unexpected. It’s refreshing, and makes Graceland a really fun record to listen to. I love the little vignettes that jump out of the songs.
My favourite lines in this particular song are “It’s every generation throws a hero up the pop charts”, “Staccato signals of constant information”, and “These are the days of lasers in the jungle”. I mean…was I not just writing about how much I love lasers? Obviously this song scores MAJOR points for including not only lasers, but lasers in the jungle.*
*I kind suspect that he’s not exactly saying that lasers in the jungle are a good thing, but whatever! I’ll take it.
My husband is a big fan of the band Rush, and a few summers ago he took me to see one of their shows. He usually goes with a pack of 15 or so other massive Rush geeks, so the evening was, among other things, a hilarious and enjoyable opportunity for me to sit back and observe a bunch of dudes who are really into 20-minute long songs about math and wizards. And while I don’t love their music, I will say that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are all ridiculously talented musicians. Like, it’s kind of crazy how skilled these guys are. And, best of all, they know how to put on an excellent laser show.
As far as I’m concerned, lasers are Science’s #1 gift to humanity. There is really no scenario out there that isn’t improved by adding them. Think about it. First date with lasers? Yes. Board meeting with lasers? Yes! Swim meet with lasers? Yes, yes, and yes!! Maybe…not at a funeral. But I dunno, that could be kinda cool too. You know what? I want lasers at my funeral. Lots of them! Why not? If you can’t have lasers at your funeral, what’s the point?
I am fairly certain that these dudes would agree...