The first thing I thought was “what the hell is this poppy garbage?” Then, at 5:45 in the morning while making breakfast, I couldn’t stop dancing around the kitchen in my socks. I looked like a complete fool and there was nothing in the world that could stop me. I played the song twice in a row.
I’d been completely entrapped by the webs of Fol Chen’s “So Good” which absolutely lives up to it’s name. So catchy. So happy. Simply put it was a fantastic way to start my day, and I have KEXP’s “Music That Matter’s Podcast” to thank for it. I don’t like everything I hear on KEXP and each DJ has a strong point of view, but the occasional diamonds are more than worth the effort of sifting through the rubble.
The podcast finished with a couple more nice tracks and I swapped the iPod into random-everything mode for the drive into work and my mood altered with the music. Sometimes I think my iPod takes on a mind of its own, most of the time I’d say it’s fairly benign (to be fair I have a nano and curate it regularly so it’s not like my entire music library is at my fingertips) but today the little beast was on a mission.
After a brief warm-up of non-comittal rock and latin Hip Hop it went full strength take-no-prisoners mode.
Tool: “The Grudge”
Saul Williams: “Reparations”
Good Riddance: “Libertine”
By the time I got to school at 6:15 the calm, bubbly, pleasure of Fol Chen was completely pushed aside and I was all kinds of ready to kick ass and take names. It was probably a good thing too given the circumstances.
Valentines day at a school is a seriously bizarre experience not unlike a red and pink version of Halloween. Just swap awesome zombies for hearts and flowers. The evidence of sugar rush was readily apparent even in first period. 7:30 AM and I had students coming in with cupcakes, chocolates, and an unholy plethora of red and pink sugar.
As the day progressed the mental effort needed to corral the effects of a collective sugar overdose steadily increased. By sixth period my students were in full-blown sugar crash mode. I even caught myself wishing I’d brought some candy to perk them up. I hadn’t. I don’t do the candy thing with school. It’s not my style.
I fully credit my morning musical immunization for helping me get through the day. During my planning periods I gave myself a serious booster shot of Jay-Z and Streetlight Manifesto. Not the most traditional combo, but I challenge anyone to not feel good about themselves after bumping “Dirt off Your Shoulders.” It’s not classy, subtle, or elegant, but good lord it’s catchy and makes me feel like a million bucks.
Hope everyone had an enjoyable Valentine’s day and survived the sugar onslaught.
Fol Chen: So Good Song name covers it. Get ready to dance.
Tool: Grudge Yes, the 9 minute live version is the right choice.
Saul Williams: Reparations If you don’t know the song it’s seriously intense. You stand warned.
Good Riddance: Libertine Good straightforward, hardcore, political, California Punk Rock. Brings back the best of my early punk rock music education. They can do no wrong for me.
Jay-Z: Dirt Off Your Shoulder NSFW, lots of swears. It’s Jay-Z folks….
Streetlight Manifesto: Would You Be Impressed? I totally love the animation. Not great for work due to animated, violent, bloddy animal retribution.