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Rob Sheffield

Turn Around Bright Eyes

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Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
If you’re lucky, and the beer doesn’t run out, it’s more than just a night of debauchery. It’s a spiritual quest.
Kota Kita Foundationцитує4 роки тому
People always meant “you’re new here” as praise. They were obviously seeing something human on my surface that made them want to do me favors or give me a break, but it was obviously the trace of that girl who had loved me, molded me, shaped me into whatever I was, the girl who had died. I felt like a fraud traveling under those pretenses.
Kota Kita Foundationцитує4 роки тому
I distrust grace when it’s amazing. I like my grace to be drab and ordinary and manageable. And I prefer the universe to be methodical and tedious, making its moves one at a time, with change as something I can see coming in the distance, a slow train round the bend.
Kota Kita Foundationцитує4 роки тому
Are you really setting your hopes on not getting hurt at all? You think that’s an option? You clearly aren’t listening to enough Morrissey songs.
Kota Kita Foundationцитує4 роки тому
I was afraid of getting trapped in the past, turning my life into a shrine to the good things that used to be alive in me. I knew the future would be a challenge, as well as an adventure, and I knew it would be difficult. But I couldn’t keep hiding forever. I needed to make changes and I needed a safe place to make them.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
It’s a post-adolescent phase most of us reach, after we get mature enough not to depend on music for all our self-validation.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
Music responds to a lot of human needs, but one of those is public communication—feeling like you’re part of an audience, connected with other people who care about the same things. That really has nothing to with reliving youth, or prolonging youth, or anything to do with youth at all.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
Once you reach that point in your life, you may not be the target audience for new music anymore. But that just means you have to scrounge a little harder to find it. You don’t necessarily want to make a religion out of it; you just want to keep participating.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
You owe this song a lot. You feel like the “She Loves You” guy helped turn you into the “I Want to Hold Your Hand” guy you became later, and the “Strawberry Fields” guy you never wanted to be, and whoever you are tomorrow. Maybe someday (but not today) you will give up trying to understand the song, and just let “yeah yeah yeah” speak for itself. Then it will all make sense.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
People can turn anything into a love song if it helps keep them together. The artist doesn’t really get a say in the matter—it definitely doesn’t matter what the artist might intend the song to be about.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
Boy George might have sung about “kissing to be clever,” but everybody knows you can’t kiss and be clever at the same time. Clever can get you only as far as the kiss. Beyond that point, you’re on your own.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
In a karaoke bar, the closest you can come to unforgivably bad taste is competence.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
I don’t have the frontman chromosome. Whatever the frontman is in front of, I am more comfortable lurking somewhere in the back of that. That has to be part of why I’m drawn to karaoke, the way it lets me sparkle with a little shabby secondhand glamour stolen from these true stars. No lurkers allowed, no parking on the dance floor. “If you can’t fix it, flaunt it” is a motto that’s built right into the mentality.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
We’re all just strangers wandering through the night, with nothing except the song to bring us together. But we’ve got each other, and that’s a lot.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
Once I remembered how to stay out late, I did it every chance I could. I guess I never forgot how to stay out late; I just hadn’t noticed I needed to. There are things we know how to do when we’re on a roof. There are times when we have to remember what they are. If we get lucky, something reminds us to move.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
I distrust grace when it’s amazing. I like my grace to be drab and ordinary and manageable.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
I am not an and suddenly person. I am a gradually, reluctantly, and begrudgingly person. I look before I leap, count to ten before I pop off, all that stuff. I don’t act on my first instinct, because my first instinct is usually idiotic, so I like to think things over for as long as possible. I distrust flashes of light or moments of clarity. Stealth is my jam and guile is my butter.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
Lifetime ladies, they were my people, keeping me company as if we were cycle sisters via the airwaves. These gals took the same pitifully cautious approach to their pitifully cautious tomorrows as I did. When the future looks bad, they stick to the script and hope the future will go away. They’re always surprised when it doesn’t. They ignore all their looming disasters for the better part of two hours—if they noticed danger faster, there wouldn’t be a movie, now would there?
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
People always meant “you’re new here” as praise. They were obviously seeing something human on my surface that made them want to do me favors or give me a break, but it was obviously the trace of that girl who had loved me, molded me, shaped me into whatever I was, the girl who had died. I felt like a fraud traveling under those pretenses.
Christabelle Adelineцитує4 роки тому
I was afraid of getting trapped in the past, turning my life into a shrine to the good things that used to be alive in me. I knew the future would be a challenge, as well as an adventure, and I knew it would be difficult. But I couldn’t keep hiding forever. I needed to make changes and I needed a safe place to make them.
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