SPRING!

SPRING!

Spring is here, and the sidewalks are turning into artwork!

Best Line / Best Line

Recently I was struck by the similarities between lyrics of two songs:

Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark (1984)
I get up in the evening
And I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way

and

John Prine’s Angel From Montgomery (1971)
There’s flies in the kitchen I can hear ’em there buzzing
And I ain’t done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

This is fun because….


the narrator of Angel from Montgomery is a housewife, wondering how her partner can be so dull…

and the narrator of Dancing in the Dark IS that partner! He helpfully provides an explanation for his mental state in the full lyrics of the song.

Are these two sad people talking about the same marriage? I’d like to think so.

I got to see Nadia Reid perform Angel from Montgmomery a few nights ago. She sang it acapella as her opening number, and changed a few of the notes so it was fully minor-key and spooky. She apparently learned it at age 15… and was taught by fellow singer/songwriter Aldous Harding.

The best Meet the Team page I’ve ever seen

I think we can all agree: Websites are Bad (no exceptions), and the Worst part of them is usually the About or “Our Team” page.

***PARADIGM SHIFT***

What if there was a GREAT “Meet the Team” page on a Website… so good it redeemed not only the rest of its own site… but all Websites everywhere?

And… What if that page didn’t even belong to a website representing a design or creative firm?

Behold: https://eagleprotect.co.nz/pages/the-disposables-team

Thanks to my husband Simon for the heads up.

Best Line / Worst Line

Introducing a new feature called Best Line / Worst Line, where I contrast wonderful and terrible song lyrics with a common theme.

Our first winner is Drake (what?!), with “If you had a twin I would still choose you.” Thank you, Drake! What a good compliment! Very creative and it seems genuinely nice. You did justice to the amazing music sent to you by a team of songwriters, including one named PartyNextDoor.

Our first loser is OH WHAT I’m BLANKING ON HIS NAME! This is what happens when you get old. He’s bald and he is cranky (not Moby. not Morrissey). I want to say Jimmy. James. From the Smashing Pumpkins. Oh wow he is super famous. I’m not looking it up. I just can’t think of any names other than Jeremy Corbyn. Moon face. Cranky moon face. BILLY CORGAN. There we go.

Ok. Ahem. Our first loser is Billy Corgan, with “What I choose is my choice.” Sorry Billy Corgan, but Drake’s line mops the floor with that one.

Is This Anything

Sometimes I am walking, and I see a nice image, and I think “Is This Anything” and I take a cell phone pic, and then a few years later, I look at the hundreds of random pictures on my phone, and I think, “Were Those Anything”