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What a Difference 3 Months Can Make

All the people born, all the people dead…..

RIP Chester Bennington.

I’ve written about Kpop many times here, only occasionally about English-language music, and one of the bands that made the deepest impression on me after I’d been introduced to Kpop was Linkin Park and their debut album Hybrid Theory at the turn of the 21st century.  Je suis tres triste maintenant.

Linkin Park released a new album in May; their new single, “Heavy,” is really good.

My favorite LP song is probably “Pushing Me Away.”

 

Avez Un Joyeux Noel

Cause somewhere in the world it’s already that time of the year.

It doesn’t have to be about prayer or candles or forgiveness or mistletoe; it can just be about a warm handshake, a really good chocolate chip cookie or some good music.

And if you have no hands to shake, if sugar makes your teeth ache, and the only things your mind allows is whether or not the new year will bring upon you legislative oppression or socially sanctioned asphyxiation, there isn’t a thing I can say to you that will make any of it better.

But while you’re still here, while your skin still covers your muscles and bone and blood vessels; while you’ve still got a heart that beats and an animal instinct to survive, you’ll let yourself persevere with whatever method your conscience allows.

 

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A Tale for the Unexpected

After recovering from the wonky hearing incident (my sinuses were clogged), I’m now nursing myself back to digestive health after an early morning of spewing forth whatever it was that my bowels didn’t want to deal with anymore.  Not something I would wish upon anyone…not even a person who believes women have no right to decide what happens to their own bodies.

So, while I get my gut flora back to optimal operational levels and digestive capacity back to solid/dense foods, I’ll leave you with visual media of a musical artist whom I find so familiar (especially in the way he speaks and grins), but I cannot figure out why.  Is it because his stage name, Machine Gun Kelly, makes me think of the Japanese rock group Thee Michelle Gun Elephant?

I came across Machine Gun Kelly’s name and likeness because I was looking up videos of Fifth Harmony (yes, I went down a mashup-rabbit-hole).  He and Camilla Cabello (one of the 5h members*) did a duet recently called “Bad Things,” which features a reinterpretation of Fastball’s song “Outta My Head.”

Machine Gun Kelly has a few films and TV work on his resume too.  I don’t listen to enough diverse, American rap to form any opinion on his skills or talent from a technical level.  I haven’t listened to enough of his own music to gauge how poetic his lyrics are, but he has a great voice.  Sure, nothing can compare to this original song here, but MGK does an impressive cover of it (alongside Tillie).

Why does he seem so familiar…like I know him from an alternate reality?

I love this clip.

I figured it out! His eyes make me think of Viktor Petrenko, the Olympic figure skater.

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In other news, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat the UGA Bulldogs on November 26 by one point. 28 to 7. Read all about it at SB Nation.

* Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony at the end of 2016; she’s gone solo.