Lurkin’ (at Brighton, MA)
Today we’re going to talk about ambition. We’re going to talk about navigating ambition without subsuming yourself to it, about negotiating ambition without giving in to fear - we’ll look at two songs, “Bravado” and “Still Sane”, and we’ll talk about the connection between those songs and the way that Lorde talks about how seriously she takes not only her art but her craft.
For now, though, let’s look at this, at her delightful face and her serious earnestness. 17 year old pop star who gets mocked for how weird she looks all the time, how strange she is on stage, scrunching up her nose with her hair around her face and saying that “in this day and age the prescribed ideals of ‘this is what a young girl should be’ are over”. This is really important to me, but it’s also really important to her, and that’s what matters.
Are you reading Lorde week? You should.
On Losing and Gaining
I’m not sure why, but this is strange to write. I have no idea posting my half-formed ideas about songs, or my predictions about baseball that I know will be wrong almost right away (go look at my last post and then go look at MLB.com), and I’m not particularly averse to explore shifting priorities, emotional growth, or even personal failures. This post started in my brain over the last few weeks,…