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Friday, October 01, 2010

The Not So Bright Life of Zomby

I’m listening to a song that hasn’t been on regular rotation in my iPod for years. Maria McKee’s “If Love is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)”, which I absolutely love. Great stuff.


However, it plays to the worst of my own personal mental defects. It plays to the bits of me that movies, music, and literature to adore the idea of suffering instead of savoring the happiness that life has handed me. When she sings, “If love is shelter, I’m gonna walk in the rain,” I’ll be damned if I don’t want to fall out of love so that I can taste a little misery.

I’ve often said that happiness is overrated--and I am pretty happy--but I meant it in what I thought was an entirely different context. I’m coming to the conclusion that I might just be emotionally allergic to happiness.

And, boy, is that stupid.

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so that I can taste a little misery.

Oh, trust me. If suffering is what you want you don’t have to go and ruin your own life to find some. I used to have a rotating tagline on my site: I don’t need to look for things to get angry about; I find enough of those just trying to mind my own business.

Same can be said of sadness or any other hint of bitterness one might crave.

Though for bitterness nothing beats that healthy peractically unsweetened chocolate they sell these days with its cacao content plastered on the front.

on Oct 01 2010 @ 04:10 PM

...or, you know, that last half-cup’s-worth of coffee left at the bottom of the urn at 4:30 in the afternoon…

on Oct 01 2010 @ 04:11 PM

Can’t say that I’m a huge fan, but Breathe just blows me away. 3 internet points to whoever can name the guitar player without looking it up.

Tasting a little misery or bitterness once in a while just makes you appreciate the good things all that much better. I prefer the Green & Blacks 70% Cocoa, or, much as I hate to admit it, the varietals you can find at [ugh] Wal-Mart—the Costa Rican is especially good, imho. And, since I’m saving money these days by not buying whole bean Kenyan or Tanzanian coffee, the first cup is pretty much no better than those last dregs.

on Oct 01 2010 @ 04:29 PM

Jed, you got me. I have no idea who played guitar on Breathe and it’s driving me crazy. And I’m not sure I’m a big Maria McKee (or Lone Justice) fan--most of the songs don’t work for me. But there are a few that are pretty wonderful.

As for chocolate--it’s one of the places in my life where I’m sort of an anti-snob. I like the sugar-filled milk chocolates with nary a trace of bitterness. The really cheap stuff doesn’t work for me, but I’ve never been overly picky.

on Oct 01 2010 @ 08:24 PM

I’d completely forgotten about Lone Justice. No, can’t say I’m a big fan there either. But I did just put Pulp Fiction on hold for me at the library. Gotta love the library.

I got nothing against milk chocolate. Scharffen Berger is the by far the best milk chocolate bar I’ve had. Not that I’ve tried all the high-end brands by any stretch. Not sure whether you can still find them at Whole Foods.

on Oct 01 2010 @ 09:32 PM

The canonical chocolate hierarchy, in order from best to worst:

1) white chocolate (yes, it is too chocolate; it’s made from cocoa butter)
2) milk chocolate
3+) dark chocolate (the “+” is for all those nasty, bitter, high cacao bar things.)

People who prefer dark chocolate are really aliens from a dark and ugly world (California, perhaps?). They should really go back to their world and stop annoying all of us clean-living, virtuous, friendly (and correct*) people who prefer white chocolate.


* Normally I wouldn’t presume to dictate taste, but here there’s really no discussion. There’s right, and there’s dark chocolate.

on Oct 02 2010 @ 07:26 AM

White chocolate is an abberation, stripped of everything that chocolate is and stands for, except for mouthfeel. Those who prefer it are unclean degenerates bereft of the lingual capacity to differentiate hand lotion from dog poo. I unplug my nose at them, those tiny brained wipers of other peoples’ bottoms.

It doesn’t seem as if anyone’s taking a crack at that guitar player. It’s possible I’m incorrect about who it is, though I’ve re-checked, and found 3 separate corroborations—but not everything you read on the internet is true. I originally thought he’d written the song himself, which fits. The guitar work doesn’t fit what you typically hear from him. Here’s a hint: Vincent.

on Oct 02 2010 @ 08:30 AM

Are you sure we’re not related somehow? I just had to laugh...I do the same dang thing.

on Oct 03 2010 @ 06:50 PM

The canonical chocolate hierarchy, in order from best to worst:

1) white chocolate


on Oct 04 2010 @ 04:14 AM

How long ago did you leave California, Jed?

And ak4mc, I think it’s really magnanimous of Z to allow Democrats to comment on his blog.


on Oct 04 2010 @ 06:50 PM

Oh, yeah, he’ll kick you in the shins for that one.

on Oct 04 2010 @ 07:41 PM

I order to have left California, in the sense you mean, Doug, one would had to have resided there (like ak4mc, who at least had the good sense to leave). I have been to CA, to work on manly things such as the F/A-18 program, and nuclear waste. Do you think fighter pilots eat white chocolate? They’d rather get caught driving a scooter.

Kicking Doug in the shins is definitely going on my bucket list. He’ll have to show up at a bash, or gun show (and then I’ll have to show up a gun show). I’ll kick him in the knees too, on behalf of ak4mc. :D

Clue #2: Lightning

on Oct 04 2010 @ 08:14 PM

Dark chocolate is a diabetics friend.

I feel I was born under the wrong star and sometime have to remind myself that my consciousness could have been born in some third world slum.

on Oct 05 2010 @ 05:40 AM

I think it’s really magnanimous of Z to allow Democrats to comment on his blog.

Well of course you do. ;-p

on Oct 05 2010 @ 10:52 AM

Jed, speaking of gun shows, I’d like to get out to one some Saturday. I’ll have to look at the schedule.

Elsewhere (namely my inbox), Steve is suggesting we do a bash some time soon. What do you think?

on Oct 06 2010 @ 07:23 AM

Well, we just missed the last Tanner show. Next one is Nov 6-7. Crossroads show doesn’t exist any more. Here’s more.

Steve and I were collectively blaming you for not having talked for quite a while. Which had something to do with the Cleverly band doing a cover of ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’. I’m always up for a Bash. Well, except for those times when I haven’t been, which hasn’t been often.

Clue #3: 1952

on Oct 06 2010 @ 02:23 PM
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