Sunday, November 20, 2016

I'm back...sort of. And RIP Sharon Jones.

Hello! Don't worry, I remember I have a blog and I have a responsibility to it. At least I want to have a responsibility to it.

I haven't written in a while and I hate when that happens. I usually try to at least post once or twice a month if I'm in a dry spell. But October was nuts - I went to New York City and saw Watsky, which was great, and then one of my best friends got married which took up a lot of time and preparation for it. So I was pretty busy. I thought "Oh, I'll get back to it in November!" And we all know what happened in the beginning of November in the United States...Election Day.

I am one of those who is unhappy with the outcome and I continue to struggle with the decision that my fellow citizens have decided. Or I guess really, what the electoral college has decided for us, huh? Anyway...so that happened and I've been doing nothing but reading about it and trying to do anything I can to help the cause of checks and balances. I will continue to do so for the next four years.

But the reason why I'm posting today is partially to be like, "hey, don't leave, I'm here and this blog is still kickin" and partially to talk about Sharon Jones, who passed away on Friday from her battle with pancreatic cancer since 2013. I loved her, not sure if you know but I have mentioned her a couple times on this blog. She was someone who was doing her own thing and bringing soul back to the millennium. The music she made with the dap kings was incendiary and I, at least, will never forget it.

Talking with people in my life in the last couple of days, they had no idea about her greatness - a lot of people didn't know her. Which is kind of surprising (considering some of these people are very musically aware), sad and makes me think, "well I need to share her music with as many people as I can." So that's what I'll do. Yesterday at work, I played parts of her Christmas album and most of I Learned the Hard Way.

In a strange twist, I'm going to relate that message with the election for a minute. If this election has taught me anything, it's that if I want people to know shit and if I'm expecting more from people, I should inform them about it. I've been in the mindset I think a lot of millennials have been in for a while which is, "why try? It doesn't do anything." Which is a notion I still struggle with. But if you don't do anything, how do you know it doesn't work? How can you just assume people won't listen?  PERHAPS this is why we're in the predicament we're in - because people stopped talking to each other.

Sharon Jones' death hit me hard - pretty much equal to the remorse I felt over Bowie, dare I say maybe even more. She was such a strong woman and her music really reflected that. I regret not seeing her live - she's been around Albany a couple of times but it just didn't happen. Even knowing she had pancreatic cancer I was like, "she's gonna be around for years!" because that's how she acted. She never ever showed weakness or seemed like she was slowing down - if anything, she went full force. And I really have always admired her for that. She just never gave up. And I'm going to really miss her and her music.

And just for funsies, here is "The Game Gets Old" for your listening pleasure.