Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?


All I know is that this song is catchy as f@#$%. Before this track I had never actually listened to the Arctic Monkeys, but this one’s a real gem and I can’t get it out of my head.

“Cause there’s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow and I play it on repeat. Until I fall asleep”

The tune is almost too sticky; it’s got a personality of its own. After one listen I found it continuously looping in my brain, like a memory stuck on repeat. It brings back the sort of bittersweet nostalgia that hurts so good. Is there a cure for being a hopeless romantic? An insatiable tendency to romanticize the past– constantly reconstructing what ‘was’ and what ‘could have been’ may not be very conducive towards the attempt to live in the present. When listening to these lyrics it is only inevitable that remnants of the past resurface…

“Do you ever get that fear that you can’t shift
the type that sticks around like something in your teeth?”

This song is a metaphor for the general stickiness; how we encounter karmic attachment with that one other soul that makes us want to crawl back… There’s probably a decent reason why we had to let this person go, but as Blaise Pascal once said, “the heart has reasons of which reason knows nothing.” It makes you wonder why there certain people seem to be stickier than others.

“Maybe I’m too busy busy being yours to fall for somebody new.”

Objectivity holds no place in the heart; even if theoretically you may be better off dating someone else, you find your mind drifting back to thoughts of the one who made your heart bleed. Sometimes you just have to let the rationalizations melt away, trust in the universe and go with your instinct… primal magnetism trumps all, y’all.

“So have you got the guts? 
Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts. 
Simmer down and pucker up.”

To love, sometimes you must renounce the comfort zone. It means turning your back on a life of mediocrity; forsaking a numb existence of zombitude and taking the risks necessary to pursue what feels real.

After all,  it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that *zing*.

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?


Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right

Every once in a while you hear a track for the first time where the lyrics resonate just as much as the music itself, so much so, that they create a scene in your head. When I hear certain songs, I immediately envision a made up movie in my head. Maybe it’s this secret fantasy that I have, where I end up curating the soundtracks for movies.

For this track, I imagined a man and a woman eating ice cream and walking down a street somewhere in Brooklyn. Maybe in Williamsburg? They had just gotten into a fight but the cure to their troubles comes in the form of ice cream cones, the man knowing that his woman is always happier after eating chocolate ice cream. The man reflects for a moment on how far he’s come with this woman and how much his love has grown for her over the past two years. He’s already been through the motions good and bad with her: gone crazy from arguments, lost sense of self, gained clarity of life, etc. But for once in his life, he feels right. He knows that he’s doing okay, because she sticks around and lets him buy her ice cream.

The reality of the situation is that Cheers Elephant is an adorably psychedelic pop rock band that embodies the kind of modest sound that your high school friends’ band tries to go for but doesn’t quite always successfully deliver in real life. Cheers Elephant, however, successfully delivers and you can tell via this song. The very beginning reminds me of high school for some reason, when I’d go to shows at the local “indie” venue and geek out over cute boys with guitars. Coincidentally, these guys are cute and they also have guitars. Go figure.

The video is an equally entertaining bit of melancholia that pairs perfectly with the song as it follows the charming band members around, showing us how they seem to be doing all right at life. The vocals also remind me of Arctic Monkeys now that I think of it.

If you live in a city where car culture is a big thing, then crank down your windows and enjoy this song with your hair free and your sunglasses on. Since I don’t own a car, I’ve just settled for my living room speakers and an omelet. It’s almost the same feeling, trust me.

Draw and line, grab a pin, pop and deflate it
Livin’ lies you’re never gonna grow up
You’re pickin’ sides to teams that never show up
Oh baby baby baby you could end up anywhere…. I don’t care, cause!

I’m doin’ it, right!

Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It Right