Sunday evening open thread

I’m sitting here trying to think deep thoughts, but my brain is as shallow as a side-walk puddle after a light rain.  Depth eludes me.  I spent the day shopping, an activity I hate, but that my mother loves, that my children need, and that my empty refrigerator demanded.  I emerged from this retail orgy with a happy mother; grumpy, ungrateful children; a full refrigerator; and a little prize for myself — Haagen Daaz.  If I’m going to be a martyr, I’m going to be a martyr who is pleasingly plump thanks to butterfat.

I really have an unhealthy fondness for butterfat.  I love butter, whipped cream, ice cream, and full fat yogurt.  I don’t think there’s any meal that can’t be improved with butter.  I’m not a fool, so I do limit my intake substantially.  I use butter infrequently, I buy Haagen Daaz only when it’s on sale, and I’ve learned to like fat-free yogurt.  Without these limitations, I’d be Miss 5 by 5.  So in honor of the fate I avoid, here’s a song for you:

Just Because Music: Two great seduction songs

Within two days, I heard two songs, separated by two decades, both of which reflect a man’s single-minded intent to get a woman into his bed.  I think they’re both fantastic examples of what I call “seduction songs.”  Assuming the woman is even halfway willing, it would be hard to say “no” to these guys:

Just Because Music: I’d rather be blue….

As you’ve probably gathered, I’d been a bit blue lately about conservatives’ (or conservativism’s) recent dismal showings, both in D.C. and amongst ordinary Americans.  I don’t have any yen, though, to return to my Democrat roots.  I may be on board a sinking ship, but it’s still the right ship for me.

In honor of my willingness to cling to a possibly lost cause, I offer Barbra Streisand (when she was a talented performer rather than a foolish talking-head) reminding us that it’s sometimes better to be blue over the right thing, than happy with the wrong:

Just because music: Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s “Thrift Shop”

I’m actually not posting the video here, because even the clean version isn’t very clean.  I won’t even copy the entire lyrics here because, even cleaned up, they’re not that clean either.

Why, then, am I making Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s Thrift Shop one of my “just because” music choices?  Because I like the idea behind the lyrics.  Rather than telling kids that they’ll be cool if they buy the right brand names or sport the right look, the whole idea behind the song is that it’s stupid to spend a lot of money on designer clothes.  You can make your own style, and impress people, just buying at the thrift shop.  So herewith some excerpted lyrics that make that point:

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I’m, I’m, I’m hunting, looking for a come up, this is [expletive] awesome


I’mma take your grandpa style
I’mma take your grandpa style, no for real, ask your grandpa
Can I have his hand-me-downs? Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie Brown leather jacket that I found digging


I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
Thank your granddad for donating that fab button up shirt
‘Cause right now, I’m up in here stunting
I’m at the Goodwill, you can find me in the Uptons
I’m that sucker, sucker searching in the section
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second hand


I hit the party and they stop in that [expletive]
They be like “Oh that Gucci, that’s hella tight”
I’m like “Yo, that’s only fifty dollars for a t-shirt”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant [BS]
I call that getting swindled and pimped, [expletive]
I call that getting tricked by business, that shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won’t, then you hella won’t


[Bridge: Wanz]
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road

For those who love camp, a wacky Italian song from 1965

Before a friend posted this video on Facebook, I’d never heard of Alice and Ellen Kessler. Now I know that they are twins who were born in 1936 into Nazi Germany, whose found themselves on the Soviet side of the wall in post-War Germany, and whose parents eventually managed to escape to Western Germany, where the girls found fame and fortune in both Germany and Italy. Interesting story all around.

As for me, I just love the mid-60s European vibe:

Having watched this a couple of times, the only thing I’m left wondering is where they found all those short men to dance in the chorus behind those two elegant, emaciated singers.

“We Are Hungry” video; and is Fun.’s “Some Nights” a pro-life song?

How can I not show the “We Are Hungry” video that’s making the rounds?  I have to:

You probably recognize that the song the video parodies is Fun.’s “We Are Young.” I really liked that song.

Fun. n0w has a new song out that I find equally appealing.  It’s called “Some Nights.” The video is a peculiar mish-mash of Civil War battle scenes that don’t seem to me to have anything at all to do with the song’s lyrics.

The song’s lyrics are pretty mysterious. Nevertheless, I keep getting caught by the last stanza which — forgive me for me overreaching here — seems to strike a blow at young people’s abortion culture. Here’s the video:

If you missed it, at the end of a song about how meaningless life is, you get this stanza:

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she called “love”
Man when I look into my nephew’s eyes…
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…
Some terrible lies…

I don’t know, but I see that as very life affirming.  No matter that he (whoever “he” is) lied to get her in bed, the child that results is a miracle….

Did Train inadvertently write the new song for the Democrat party?

The band Train has a charming new song out, called “50 Ways to Say Good-bye.”  Aside from the usual catchy music, the lyrics are simply wonderful, as you can see from this video:

Since I always have politics on my mind, when I saw the lead singer nonsensically fielding questions about his girlfriend’s departure, and his despair at his inability to lie decently, I couldn’t help but think of Democrat party operatives desperately trying to field questions about the Obama economy. Kind of has the same feel, doesn’t it? The only difference, of course, is that there’s nothing remotely humorous about a cratered economy and sour, poorer voters.

Just Because Music — Ella Fitzgerald sings Johnny Mercer’s “I remember you”

I just love this song.  I think it has the most beautiful lyrics ever written for an American love song — and who better to do it justice than Ella Fitzgerald?

Honestly, what can be better than this?

I remember, too, a distant bell
And stars that fell,
Like rain out of the blue

When my life is through
And the angels ask to me recall
The thrill of it all,
Then I shall tell them I remember you.

And here’s a luscious bonus version from Nat King Cole: