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About misadventure

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    The great state of New Jersey
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    The first time I heard Thunder Road.
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    http://Depends on the weather.
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    Writing, animal rescue, travel. I write YA novels and the newest one, LOVE, LUCY, just came out in paperback from Little, Brown Young Reader. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/love+lucy?_requestid=183273
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  1. The LaLa Land speech is more about how jazz is living, improvisational, exciting (not unlike all live music, but more so, because the songs vary so much with every performance.) Before seeing the movie, I tended to think of jazz solos (of a certain type ) as "insulated noise" or, more bluntly, masturbation. I might give live jazz another try.
  2. An actual song, by the awesome Wesley Stace, a.k.a. John Wesley Harding:
  3. See LaLa Land for a really convincing speech about why jazz matters. I'd try to reproduce the gist for you here, but I doubt I'd be as convincing as Ryan Gosling. He convinced me, and I'm sort of lukewarm about jazz. I love the more melodic stuff and loathe the more doodly showoff stuff. Re. the Dead, I've never "gotten" them. I think that's my problem...not theirs. A friend who owed me money in college gave me a Dead ticket in recompense (I needed the money back!) saying that if I saw them I would totally get them...but I was bored the whole time. And on our way into the Cumberland County Civic Center a bunch of Dead Heads picked a fight with some passing punks about how stupid they looked...which struck me as hilarious and ironic.
  4. That's a great song! Steely Dan might feel kind of dated to us now but so do a lot of bands...and for me that's part of their charm. They're a time capsule back to the seventies, and their songs are clever and catchy. In my book, there are so many more hateable bands.
  5. Teen Vogue has been publishing some very incisive journalism lately. And if that seems incongruous (as I admit it does to me) it's because we don't expect publications that cater to teenage girls to be about anything other than fashion, makeup, and dating. Which traditionally, such magazines have been...but it's sexism to assume they always have to be.
  6. It's definitely worth a thread of its own. And it's not so much that you said anything to upset me as that the looming dictatorship of Herr Trump upsets me. As it should.
  7. Not at all--I'm glad you brought the subject up.
  8. Of course after they play the inauguration, to many of their potential/former fans they will be Kryptonite.
  9. soulcrusader78's question is horrifying and I'm not able to wrap my mind around it right now. I think pussyhats and vagina signs are maybe a bit like reappropriating the oppressor's insults, turning them into a badge of pride. Like Queer or N*gger. I think such a gesture is less about trying to convince anyone who isn't already on your side and more about feeling stronger while you fight back. My sister's going to knit me a pussyhat. It won't be ready by the 21st, but I want one anyway, in case I feel like Pussyrioting.
  10. So you're pro-choice, but against PP because it provides abortions and takes tax dollars. It's meaningless to be pro-choice if you want there to be few or no readily accessible places for poor women to have abortions. And tax dollars make it possible for PP to provide health services of all kind to poor women. When I was young and under insured, I received routine ob-gyn care and birth control from PP. They were kind, professional, affordable, and woman centered. They were the first place I ever received care from women. Male doctors back then could be a bit judgy about a woman's reproductive choices. I'm guessing quite a few male doctors (and probably also some female ones) still are. But PP isn't.
  11. A tribute band can be fun when the real thing's not on tour. I've seen the B Street Band and enjoyed them, though that was before I knew they're either Trump supporters or this desperate for fifteen seconds of fame. I wouldn't want Bruce to stoop low enough to legally prevent them from playing the Saggy Orange Ball, even if he could. His music is out there, and people will choose to misinterpret it or misuse it, and if he cares to he can certainly speak out about it, but stopping it would be a waste of his capital as a public figure. Besides, the event speaks for itself in its pathos. Loathsome J. Toad is being sworn in as president, and he's so reviled the best act he can book is a tribute band. I guess I missed this, but why isn't Ted Nugent busting at the seams to play? Can't Scott Baio hold a tune?
  12. This just underscores how totally Loathsome J. Toad has failed in getting A, B, C or even D-list musicians to play his inauguration. It's actually embarrassing, and as a Springsteen superfan, I'd think Christie would see that.
  13. Some movements are smaller than others. Bathroom pun intended.
  14. And he has so little self-restraint that he accomplished this before he was even sworn in. Gotta be some kind of record.