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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tired

Can't do it
Dragging too much

Need to fight
For justice
For myself
But can't do much

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just some links



  • What to do if you see someone forcibly removing a person's hijab, one and two


  • Endangered Species Chocolate - it's fair trade and a portion of the profits are used to help wildlife. So far, the only brick-and-mortar store I remember selling them is Raley's. Let me know if you've seen them elsewhere.



  • The official video for Solange's "I Decided"



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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thoughts On Straight Line Stitch's "Cold Front"

This is one of a few ideas I've been playing with behind the scenes. And with how bad I've been feeling recently, I decided to start off with a song I like.

Artist:Straight Line Stitch

Album:The Fight Of Our Lives

Genres:metal, hard rock

What it's about:An ending relationship (whether platonic or not is unclear) and frustration at one's own coldness

Content notes/warnings:In the song itself, not much beyond angst over a relationship. Though with the album art, you should be careful if you're bothered by seeing dead animals.


One of Straight Line Stitch's only songs that contains no screaming.

Let's get started.

Don't turn away
You might miss as my soul starts to fade


Things ain't good.

Don't get too close
'Cause I stand alone
I've got no way out


Sounds like a case of "I want to be close to you, but I don't know how to make that happen".

Then the chorus starts, and you can't get it from just reading the lyrics, but the speaker's tone sounds almost angry. But it's not directed at the person she's addressing; it's more like she's frustrated and sad for being unable to keep the relationship from ending.

The next few lines reinforce this.

Don't be afraid of the emptiness that stands in your way

They're pleas for the person not to leave.

Stay with me, stay
But my frozen lips just won't let me say
Please stay


Not being able to speak up when you want or need to is never a good feeling.

Soon after, the chorus plays one more time, and there's no indictation of a happy ending.

Overall, the combination of angst and anger in this song works to its advantage. If you're into metal or hard rock, give it a listen.

© 2017 by M.R.R.