This joint right here? It makes me wanna WOOOOOO!

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect I’m afraid
— Rodgers & Hammerstein, "The King & I"

Yo - Mrs. Anna knew what was up. When I made this video a few months ago I was feeling anything but fine. I was feeling fat and washed up and depressed and a bunch of other Sensitive Creative Type what-am-I-doing-with-my-life shit. 100% "first world problem" fare, I fully acknowledge, but still not fun to walk around in. I've learned over the years that when I get that shoes-stuck-in-concrete feeling doing something - anything - is better than doing nothing. Bonus points if that something includes leaving the house. So to combine "leave the house" mission with combatting the feeling fat portion of the equation, I started running again. Most of those SCT, anything-but-fine feelings are a chronic condition with semi-regular flare-ups, but at least my clothes fit better now. I'll take it.

This Mary J. Blige jam is on my running playlist. A lot of my songwriter friends listen to songwritery things when they run. I can't do that. My heart ain't pumpin' unless that bass is bumpin'. (Wow....I really just typed that. I also just threw up in my mouth a little.) While that may be THE WORST rhyme I have ever subjected you poor people to, it's true. I need grooves to move me. JESUS CHRISTMAS I JUST DID IT AGAIN! Quick, new paragraph.

Since I made this video we've had devastating hurricanes, fires, ANOTHER mass shooting, lost a musical icon...meanwhile the Orange Dickhead In Chief continues to show his colors daily....  I know I'm not alone in feeling not only uncertain about what to do to affect positive change in the face of so much UGGHH these days, but also about how to not just stay the fuck in bed in the face of said UGGHH. Sometimes I feel guilty that I haven't already done more. Like written some protest songs... well.... FINISHED some protest songs.... And sometimes making these things feels beyond silly (see above UGGHH), but a person's gotta motivate herself so she can get her sensitive ass off the couch and DO something about the bad shit. So here you go. 

Make believe you’re brave
And the trick may take you far
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are
— Rodgers & Hammerstein, "The King & I"

Let's hope so, Mrs. Anna. Want to suggest a song for a future video? Click the button below. If you're here for the first time and are like "what is this weirdo talking about?", here's what started the party. Comments section is always open, and I always love hearing from you there. Peace out!!

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