Thursday, May 16, 2013

I guess more should be said

As I listen more to this new album, it seems pretty clear that these guys pretty much think God (and the people who follow him?) is a jerk. Bummer. I fell pretty hard for a guy who was of a similar opinion my senior year in high school. Even then, although I wasn't cognitive of it, I had pretty substantial faith in the Covenant. I always had a strong sense that this guy would change his mind, so much so that I told him that if we ever lost touch, no matter what, he'd call me to let me know when he did. Of course, we did lose touch, but I have heard that he is a faithful follower of Christ now. That's pretty cool, I think. But, not knowing for sure, I'm guessing the members of Vampire Weekend haven't ever been a part of the Covenant community. I can see that not being part of an environment that regularly experiences and acknowledges God's grace and mercy would make it hard to deal with the feeling that "the world is a cold, cold place to be." Everyone has at least one point in their life where they have to reconcile that tension - sin and suffering in conjunction with a sovereign God. It seems that many people conclude that God is not good (I know lots of Christians that decided instead that God is not sovereign). The truth is, he's both good and sovereign, and I'm sad that people don't see that, though I understand the quandary. I think the Church is very certainly the best place to experience God's goodness, but there is also so much "bad press" out there that I can see that the Church can also represent a lot of ugliness and coldness. Nonetheless, what reminds me of my friend from high school is the talent. How can anyone so gifted not see the beauty and goodness God has given mankind? I maintain that the new album is fantastic. At least, it's musically lovely- compelling, actually. For a full day, all I wanted to do was drive around with the windows down and the volume turned up. But what is up with all the hate? A closer listen these last couple of days has provided a picture of the very contrast they seem to be dealing with- coldness (in the lyrical) in contrast to goodness and power (in the instrumental as well as the vocal). Like I said, I've fallen hard for these guys, but I hope they won't "die unbelievers." And who has bound them to the tracks of the train anyway? So much to consider- I hope they work it out!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It needs to be said

Vampire Weekend is awesome. This new album is awesome. I have no words. Clearly. But I am in love. Still. Three albums and we are still very happy together.

Okay, so, I feel kind of dorky and old most of the time. I don't really do fashion well and I'd look really stupid at a concert. Some of it is because I'm so pudgy, but truthfully, I've just never been cool. I find myself basically just hoping I can get away with stuff- can I pull these shoes off or are they for someone way cooler than me? Or do I just think these are cool sandals and really they're for middle aged moms? Is it bad that I still wear the same shade of Clinique lipstick I've worn since the ninth grade or does it still work (or was the problem that it was too old for me in 1991?)? Am I past my prime because I dont get some of the jokes on SNL anymore (or worse yet, as George and I noted after the recent New Balance "commercial," if some of the jokes are about me?!) Sweet George is currently trying to get us the car I had to give up long ago when I first became a mom. There is a part of me that thinks, twelve years later, I will look ridiculous riding in something other than a mom car. And I wonder if  the guys in Vampire Weekend would be embarrassed for me to know that I, a thirty-five year old mom of three who recently accidentally bought a pair of mom jeans (J. Jill "tried and true" fit! Do not buy! This is the second time they've gotten me! They fit right in the store, but they stretch out and then fit all weird and saggy!), am a big fan. But I looked them up, and they're not that much younger than us. They were all born before 1985, so that's not as bad as it could be. They probably don't even think thirty-five is that old (neither do I, of course, but I used to) Also, just a side note, most of the cast of SNL is about my age or even slightly older.

Anyway, back to the original point, Vampire Weekend is delightful- so says this SUV driving mom in Dansko sandals!

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