Don’t Cry For Me, Blog Post Readers: Thoroughly Tearing “Evita” Apart

(It took time to tackle a topic as huge as Evita, and I decided to ask for some outside opinions. A huge thanks to some good pals within the realm of musical theatre who contributed to this essay and are quoted within: Georgia MacNaughton, an actor who had some "inside information" for me on Evita after being in … Continue reading Don’t Cry For Me, Blog Post Readers: Thoroughly Tearing “Evita” Apart

The Madonna Pain Scale Chart™

To say that self-reporting pain scales are a little tricky would be an understatement. They aren't standardized, they don't work for chronic pain, and communication barriers prove to be a true obstacle in assessing pain levels. Self-reporting pain scale charts also doesn't work for emotional wounds. Which is why I'd like to introduce The Madonna Pain … Continue reading The Madonna Pain Scale Chart™

In Pictures: Sitting “Underneath the Bridge” in Aberdeen, Washington

Yesterday, after six years of asking, I convinced my Mum to detour to Aberdeen, Washington so I could sit “underneath the bridge” and pay my respects to Kurt Cobain. It was dirty, vulgar, sad, very punk rock, entirely homegrown, and filled with nothing but love... just the way, imagine, Kurt would have liked it. You see, … Continue reading In Pictures: Sitting “Underneath the Bridge” in Aberdeen, Washington

Regarding Independence Day and “National Anthem”

It is the fourth of July, and every year for the past five years, I have posted the music video to Lana Del Rey's National Anthem on my Facebook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxDdEPED0h8 This year, despite everything, the tradition continues. I used to post it because "red, white, blue in the sky / Summer's in the air, and … Continue reading Regarding Independence Day and “National Anthem”

Wanted, Wanted: Dolores Haze

She's young, that much is certain. Lolita is eternally somewhere between the age of 12 and 17. She's precocious, but worse, she's also persistent. She wears heart-shaped sunglasses and licks heart-shaped lollipops. And popular opinion seems to be that she deserved everything that was "coming to her". For me, Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita was love … Continue reading Wanted, Wanted: Dolores Haze

The Neighbourhood: “The Neighbourhood” Album Review

'My insecurities are my own worst enemy,' The Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford sings on their new song "Void"... and he's right. This album makes it abundantly clear. The NBHD, as they're stylized, persists as one of pop's greatest mysteries. They're popular on streaming services, but they haven't ever seemed to have broken through to the … Continue reading The Neighbourhood: “The Neighbourhood” Album Review