- My friend Anne, 64, in the midst of telling me about all the hot sex she is having with her new beau. “They’re trained, there’s no ex in the picture… it’s the best scenario possible.”
"I never look in the mirror and see myself, it’s always a third-person consciousness. A reflection…"
- Tammy Rae Carland, in I Heart Amy Carter, anthologized in A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World. (via rgr-pop)
"Sometimes, loving your body is not an option. Sometimes, the best we can do is accept our bodies as…"
Can we? Can I?
The November of the body…
Someone asked me what I think about forgiveness the other day, and I said, “I’m more interested in survival,” even though I’m not quite sure why I am surviving.
You’re beautiful no matter what.
So, this happened.
ETA: From Rolling Stone:
Ke$ha’s love for Bob Dylan is well known, and she has long touted his 1969 release Nashville Skyline as her favorite record of all time. But when it came time to record something special for Amnesty International, she set her sights on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” from 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan instead. She had no idea that the experience of recording it would turn into the cathartic and emotional experience that it did.
“I didn’t want this to sound like a pop version of a Bob Dylan song,” Ke$ha tells Rolling Stone. “That’s the last thing I wanted this to sound like.”She brought her friend, producer Bob Ezrin, on board, and the two of them discussed an interpretation of the lyrics that positioned the song as a suicide note from the female perspective. But then it became something different entirely; something personal.
The first time Ke$ha sang it through, she was all alone, in her bedroom, singing it straight to her laptop. It was one of the first quiet moments that she had to herself in three years, and the first time she had even been home in a few months. Suddenly she was sans entourage, without any managers or body guards surrounding her.
“And there were particular lyrics in the song that you can just tell, once they came out of my mouth – the emotion caught up with me and I just started weeping,” she says. “It’s something that I didn’t plan on, that wasn’t contrived at all. It just sort of happened.”
The suicide note interpretation that Ezrin and Ke$ha talked about had evolved into a different kind of message. “It seemed like a suicide note to the love of my life and to my former life,” she says. “Because everything in my life has changed so much. And it went from being this ambiguous interpretation – this idea we had – to it being so completely relevant to everything I’m going through. I’m so lucky and blessed, but there are moments that are just so incredibly lonely that it’s indescribable. And I’ve never written a song that’s admitted that. Singing Bob Dylan’s words and feeling my own emotion through it – it was a very intense moment for me.”
Paging Frank Kogan.
I WILL FOLLOW THIS WOMAN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. A PLAGUE ON ALL MUSIC CRITICS WHO DISMISSED HER. A PLAGUE!!!!!!!!
Reminds me of that Cat Power Covers album. Supergood.
so, honest to god you guys, i mostly hate dylan covers? they’re kind of like spiritually abhorrent to me a good percentage of the time? but yeah i love the shit out of this (and props to ke$ha for being like “DID NOT WANT TO DO POP VERSION OF DYLAN.” my pop-love has few limits but so far that’s a hard and fast one). helps that she picked the best song off freewheelin bob dylan YEAH I SAID IT, BITE ME, BLOWIN IN THE WIND.
also, i love her interpretation of it as like, a new spin but not a gimmick? on the contrary it’s kind of an ideal (note: not THE ideal) female response to a dylan break-up song (my mom has always interpreted “it ain’t me babe” as not quite encouraging suicide but not exactly dissuading the idea either).
also, oblig: ALL OF MY VERY FAVORITE THINGS HAPPENING AT ONCE
Take a look at this little lady, home from her checkup at the very same hospital where just a month or so ago, it didn’t look like she was going to be my best friend much longer. She’s so fantastic they didn’t even give her an ultrasound, just some kisses and a blood test. Obviously a cat this sassy and attractive isn’t going anywhere except right next to my head every night where she belongs. Also she takes after me in her total unphotogenicness, oh well.
"Amazing the amount of information you can dig up about a person these days yet there is still no way…"
A young feminist in curlers.