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“Closing Time” Semisonic

The thing about time travel is that it’s much slower than people think. You can only go second by second, minute by minute, day by day.  And worse, you can only travel forwards. Eventually, after hours, days, weeks and months, you find yourself years into the future. Continue reading

Music Monday | Slow Fade – Casting Crowns

Content warning: This post contains discussion of sexual assault and rape culture.

Locker-room talk.

That’s how Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, describes his lewd conversation eleven years ago with Billy Bush.  In this conversation he brags, in vulgar and de-humanising terms, about kissing and groping women without their consent.

Let’s be clear.

Kissing and groping women without their consent is sexual assault.

Bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent is bragging about sexual assault.  Continue reading

Music Monday | Gasoline – Halsey

Once, I felt all of this.

I remember it.

Or, I think I do.

I remember it in a way that feels like waking up from a dream. In pieces. Squinting into snippets and glimpses of half-made pictures.

And I wonder.

Is it a memory or an illusion? Is it my imagination or a delusion?

I remember it.

Or, I think I do.

Because some of it, I don’t remember at all.

Hope

What breaks at daybreak?
Is it the darkness?
Is it the light?
Is it your heart?
Is it your fight?

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No night, no matter how dark
can withstand sunrise
just as no doubt, however deep
can withstand hope.

Music Monday | Closer – Walk Off The Earth (The Chainsmokers Cover)

Although I never quite achieved chainsmoker status, a few years ago, I did inhale considerable amounts of nicotine-laced smog in an effort to calm the thoughts in my head and numb them into a fog. I’ve long since quit but I’ve quit a lot of things since then. This song doesn’t have any hidden meaning or message, I just love the arrangement and the voices in this cover.

Music Monday | Smile – The Jezabels

It’s September 11 in North America
so my news feed is filled with hashtag never forget
even though I’m already a day ahead.
I’m trying to write a poem about it
– that day –
and driving from Canada to California
but it keeps turning into a statement about war
that I’m not trying to make.
Except, I am, I guess.
My stepdaughter wasn’t even born yet.
She doesn’t know a world without
“The War on Terror”
or what it’s like to live
without taking off your shoes
at the airport.

So instead of a poem, here is a song – the first in a regular segment named Music Mondays by Captain Obvious – from a band who write about some of my other favourite subjects; feminism and gender politics.

Enjoy! xo.