“I’m a YUPpie,” goes the old joke, “You know, a Young, Upwardly-Mobile Professional.” “We’re DINKS,” comes a reply, “You know, Double Income, No Kids.” [in one version, the third response is “WIFE“, but my favorite is] “Me, I’m a BITCH.” Jaws drop. People stare, drinks raised halfway to their lips. She smiles naughtily and purrs, … [Read more…]
The 80s classic. Even my husband sings along to this one! But as were were jamming to it at a stoplight recently (I on air guitar, he on air drums, both of us singing at the top of our lungs), I realized that this song really freaked me out as a kid! Of course, if … [Read more…]
This is one of my all time favorite songs. Depeche Mode (the peach, with ice cream?) wrote a haunting offer to stand in for a missing element: [wp_youtube]KW3aEimWW10[/wp_youtube] Your own, personal, Jesus. A Jesus you don’t have to share with the rest of humanity. Someone who cares A wonderful indictment against an indifferent Jesus.
I Kissed a Girl (& I Liked It) is the title of the “#1 Pop Hit” of the summer. I even heard it on the radio the other day (although not before I heard the article). This hits on something I’d been thinking of bringing up around here: the fact that female-on-female, shall we call … [Read more…]
[wp_youtube]AyxEO9dqi44[/wp_youtube] Pure liquid awesome. I really have nothing else to say about it. Lyrics are here.
I was listening to this the other day while packing and it made me cry (as it always does). If anything could make me a pacifist, it would be this song: Don McLean’s the Grave [wp_youtube]Z4G2iKDzHrs[/wp_youtube] This line, particularly: When the wars of our nation did beckon, A man barely twenty did answer the calling. … [Read more…]
I’ve been debating about sharing this link for the past week. It has nothing to do with religion or feminism or science fiction (though I’m sure if we worked hard enough we could make some kind of connection), but it is simultaneously the (hermaphroditic) Queen and King of the Internet Mashup, If you haven’t seen … [Read more…]
I grew up listening to music that was not what is generally considered age-appropriate. (Guy Lombardo, Tom Lehrer, Peter Paul & Mary, for example.) Jimmy Buffett was one of them. This song always makes me think of heaven. Not my heaven, perhaps, but it’s definitely his heaven. And it gets me every time I listen … [Read more…]
(Hello, this is Zach Alexander — you may have read my Leaving the Garden post, and this is the first of a few guest articles I’m posting while John is otherwise engaged.) “The stuff that really brings people together, and makes us happy to live together, originates from a caring and thoughtful mind that’s been … [Read more…]
Smoke and Narcolepsy, by Ben Folds Five Here I Stand and Face the Rain, A-Ha You Turn the Screws, Cake Big-Eyed Fish and Bartender, Dave Matthews Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case Invisible Sun and Synchronicity II, Police Karma Police, Radiohead Jumper, Third Eye Blind The Smiths (several songs)
You’d never think that the Beastie Boys, of all groups, could produce thoughtful, meditative/religious tunes. This one is god-free, but does pitch some supernatural Buddhist ideas: [wp_youtube]KtKhakSmwhA[/wp_youtube] I love to blast this and focus exclusively on the deep bass chanting. The following song is all about doubt and searching. The imagery is pretty generic, so … [Read more…]
Sisters and brothers and everyone in between, welcome to the Church of John! [insert organ riff] One of the great blessing of being a skeptic is that you can find your scripture anywhere. Emily Dickinson, Bad Religion, William Gibson and Joss Whedon are my prophets. When I was lost in the darkness of religious faith, … [Read more…]