Soundtracks For Personal Journeys, and Other Ways Humanity Redeems Itself
Why, hello! So last night, I texted a friend: “It’s 25 degrees here and I walked out of temple and the sun is setting and everything is twilight blue and smells like blooming jasmine and sea salt and I’m so comforted by it and overwhelmed with love for this stupid town.” But what brought on my delicate and scent-sensitive state last night? I’d like to think that Nataly Dawn’s beautiful new album “For You” had something to do with it. Friends, the EP (is that the right term? I'm no music reviewer...) is contemplative and melancholy, while busting out wee country ditties alongside intimately atmospheric songwriting. And Nataly, friend of the Missive and dog mom to the magical Muppet, partnered with her My Terrible Friend bandmate Lauren O’Connell to produce the album, and it’s gosh darned delightful to hear clarinets dance alongside raw acoustic guitar. So if you do one thing today, please head on over to the music-listening app of your choice and check this absolutely lovely / soul-affirming / ear-worming EP, which includes what might be my new favorite song, “Coffee Baby.” It’s SO. GOOD.
Oh, and stuff is still happening outside my AirPods? I guess?
Iowa’s longest-standing Republican legislator has decided to ditch the GOP and become a Dem, citing “Unacceptable behavior should be called out for what it is… and Americans of all parties should insist on something far better in the leader of their country and the free world.” Heck yea, state Rep. Andy McKean. And this article pointed me to this essay from former Trump transition staffer calling for his impeachment. And why does this former staffer call for Trump’s impeachment? Probably related to the clinical way in which Mueller “falsif(ied) a null hypothesis that obstruction did not occur.”
Table-flipping headline of the day: Why gender pay-gap truthers are on the rise. Relevant, this headline from 2018: All career advice for women is a form of gaslighting.
And finally, this New Yorker parody from 2014 is still v. relevant to my interests: Trend Piece.
I love you all. Be kind to each other.