never let the lyric get in the way of the groove

Posted: January 11th, 2020 | No Comments »
allee willis, courtesy of the creative independent
from the obituary of songwriter and artist and all-around inspiration, allee morris (inspired to learn more about her from this interview):
“September,” [written by morris], released in 1978, was an instant smash and went on to become a staple at wedding receptions, with its driving beat and its opening lines, “Do you remember/The 21st night of September?,” all but guaranteed to propel people onto the dance floor.
 
She told NPR in 2014 that while she was working on the song with Maurice White, the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, she was annoyed by the recurring nonsense phrase he had written, “Ba-dee-ya.” She asked Mr. White what it meant, and he said, “Who cares?” That led her to a revelation: “I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”

just kept thinking about this cover, even after five months

Posted: January 11th, 2020 | No Comments »

🔥


my NEW new new year’s resolution

Posted: January 11th, 2020 | No Comments »

in addition to my existing new year’s resolutions — watching all the star wars, eating less dairy, not using kleenex — this one is going to top of the list. in bold. from “How Negativity Can Kill a Relationship”:

Being able to hold your tongue rather than say something nasty or spiteful will do much more for your relationship than a good word or deed.


2020

Posted: January 4th, 2020 | No Comments »


oh my god is that a sauce-only pizza?

Posted: December 24th, 2019 | No Comments »
Photo: F&F Pizzeria, courtesy of ny mag grub street

Photo: F&F Pizzeria, courtesy of ny mag grub street

oh my god what is that red sauce slice????????? research uncovers that it’s a “tomato slice,” i.e., MY DREAM SLICE!!!!!!!!!


life is complicated

Posted: December 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

being with another human who moves through the world completely differently than you — also complicated. does it get easier or does it stay hard. does one person just have to soften up? (i wanted to write “give in,” but that explains my whole problem.) do both people soften? how does it work. i want to be a better, easier person but it seems like i’m always butting up against my brittle self. how to break that self?


this sad little extreme jerky shop

Posted: December 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

the jerky shopat the santa fe mall


things must appear to be casual

Posted: December 24th, 2019 | No Comments »
 Karl Lagerfeld in Paris in 1983. The Helmut Newton Estate/Maconochie Photography


Karl Lagerfeld in Paris in 1983. The Helmut Newton Estate/Maconochie Photography

Unlike peers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Lagerfeld never suffered nervous breakdowns about his art. His career-long sleight of hand was working very hard while wanting everyone to believe he was hardly working. “I hate hard workers,” he once said. “Things must appear to be casual.”


well, toni does it

Posted: December 24th, 2019 | No Comments »
 Toni Morrison in Albany, N.Y., in 1985. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images


Toni Morrison in Albany, N.Y., in 1985. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

from the lives they lived, fran lebowitz on toni morrison:

She loved crime. She was very interested in criminal cases. We watched the trial of the Menéndez brothers while on the phone every single day for six months. It was in L.A., so it started at noon on the East Coast. I felt very guilty watching it, because I was supposed to be writing a book, but I would say to myself, “Well, Toni does it, so I’m sure it’s fine.” Of course, that was before I knew that Toni got up at 5 in the morning, so, by noon, she had already done a full day’s work.


hot girl beauty recommendations are almost never to be trusted.

Posted: December 23rd, 2019 | No Comments »

via edith zimmerman, from “skincare should be medicine for your face”:

However, a huge percentage of beauty industry profits is snake oil, products often endorsed by extremely hot women (paid spokesmodels and beauty civilians alike), who sometimes truly believe that it’s the cream or serum that’s making them hot, rather than their enviable genetics and/or healthy, wealthy lifestyles. (If you are a Gwyneth, good for you; I am more of a Dorothy Parker.) These Genetic Lottery Winners and/or Clean Living Hot Girls are the bane of normal women’s existence, always leading us down wrong paths and dead ends, even if inadvertently, as we continue our desperate search for confidence and desirability. Hot Girl beauty recommendations are almost never to be trusted.