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I dreamed of you last night.

You had just graduated from high school in a gown of your school colors and that square cap with the string on it.

I went afterwards to an ice cream parlor, where all the other graduates crowded together and drowned their celebrations in a mass sugar rush.

You met me there in a funny white "Grad" hat as I was getting my Death By Chocolate.

I hurried to greet you, almost forgetting a spoon.

We then drove to your house where I forget what happened - but let's keep it clean, shall we?

I woke up the next morning, back in my own bed.

Your presence had stuck to me and I thought:

Boy, did you have a nice

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What was that thing Mr. Anderson used to say?

"Too old to rock and roll, too young to die"?

That's how I am at the moment.

I'm too old to pretend that I'm too young to care.

I'm too old to be the same stubborn, teenage rebel that I once was.

And yet, at the same time, I'm too young to be through with it all.

It's an odd feeling, like the feeling of whatever's in this drinking glass.

I wonder as I look at it, resting in my hand, if this is what it feels like to be human.

Now, I guess, I'm supposed to pick a side: is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Frankly, I don't give a damn.

All that matters is that the glass has something in it.
A Nobel Achievement? by Gdan95
A Nobel Achievement?
The recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize were recently announced.
They are Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children's rights activist, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who got shot by the Taliban for advocating women's access to education.
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As of this entry's posting, my most recent deviation lamented the fact that I was late in appropriately commemorating the 1-year anniversary of Lorde's debut album, "Pure Heroine."

Since I have mentioned her a number of times, one would think I had some kind of crush on her.

Whether or not I do isn't the problem right now.

But, speaking of "problem"...

You've probably heard the song, "Problem," by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea.

If you haven't, congratulations!

I'm kidding, the song isn't so terrible; but I bring up Lorde, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea because there's something worth exploring about the three women.

I would've included Lana del Rey if not for reasons I'll discuss later, and there's also the fact that I haven't actually heard her stuff.

Let's start with Lorde, whose fame ironically began with "Royals," a song critiquing fame (or, at the very least, the extravagance associated with it):

But every song is like
Gold teeth, Grey Goose,
Tripping in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns,
Trashing the hotel room,
We don't care,
We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams

But everybody's like
Cristal, Maybach,
Diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands,
Tigers on a gold leash.
We don't care,
We aren't caught up in your love affair

So we have a white girl from one side of the Tasman Sea whose debut album features a hit single from the anti-fame perspective.

For a white girl from one side of the Tasman Sea whose debut album features a hit single from the pro-fame perspective, look no further than Iggy Azalea's "Fancy":

Cup of Ace, cup of Goose, cup of Cris
High heels, somethin' worth a half a ticket on my wrist

Trash the hotel
Let's get drunk on the mini bar

Does this mean "Fancy" was a deliberate response to "Royals"?

I don't know, but there's clearly something odd about an industry that can result in both songs, and their respective artists, getting the same amount of attention.

Now you might be thinking, "So how does Ariana Grande factor into this?"

She factors into this through one of the few things all three musicians have in common:

Gender

Lorde has expressed her views on feminism and how they shape her thoughts on other musicians, albeit in a brutally honest way.

Remember how I said earlier that I wouldn't include Lana del Rey in the discussion?

Critics have drawn plenty of comparisons between Lorde's music and Lana del Rey's music.

And yet, here's Lorde giving her 10 cents (she's from New Zealand, which doesn't have any currency smaller than 10 cents) on Lana del Rey's music:

It's so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know, “I'm nothing without you.” This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, "don’t leave me" stuff. That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.

That kind of message isn't exclusive to Lana del Rey's music.

But since I've already personally listened to the debut albums of Lorde, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, the point that Lorde made can be explained just as well without Lana del Rey.

Anyway, what Lorde meant by the above quote was that girls do not have to find meaning solely in a romantic relationship, which basically undermines the existence of every Disney princess ever (with the exception of Merida, of course).

And this is point of the discussion into which Ariana Grande factors.

Some of you may know Ariana Grande from her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show, "Victorious" and its spin-off series, "Sam and Cat."

On her sophomore album, "My Everything," Ariana Grande has a song with Iggy Azalea, entitled "Problem." It's a break-up song, mind you, but it goes something like this:

Hey baby, even though I hate you
I wanna love you
I want you
And even though I can't forgive you
I really want to
I want you

And that's just the first verse.

So what's the bottom line here?

Well, all three women are currently getting a lot of attention, but for very different reasons.

Ariana Grande is a former child actor-turned singer, which is hardly a rarity, what with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

She's been compared to Christina Aguilera, one of her personal idols.

But the similarities between the two don't go much further beyond "Genie in a Bottle."

For Aguilera's 2002 album, "Stripped," she abandoned the "teen pop" image from her self-titled 1999 debut and took artistic control to a groundbreaking level by producing the album and cowriting many of the songs on it.

In "Can't Hold Us Down," she calls B.S. on patriarchal double standards towards women.

Featured on the song is Lil' Kim, who has accused Nicki Minaj (with whom Ariana Grande collaborated on "Bang Bang") of ripping off her style.

Also on the album was the song, "Beautiful," which won a GLAAD award for its music video's positive portrayal of a gay couple.

And what of Ariana Grande?


As much as I enjoy her music, her debut album (and, presumably, her sophomore album) consists mainly of R&B songs about either love, breaking up, or parties.

Sure, "Stripped" has that as well, but it doesn't take up the entire album.

Iggy Azalea, meanwhile, is distinct as a rapper in two ways.

She's a female rapper, although she has yet to be as universally respected as, say, MC Lyte or Lauryn Hill.

She's also white, which is where some major hurdles come up.

In 2012, Macklemore was big as a white rapper, but he hasn't put out another album since then.

And besides, it's almost impossible to be a white rapper nowadays without needing to distinguish yourself from the Beastie Boys or Eminem.

They didn't just raise the bar for white rappers; they ran off with it.

Bottom line, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea can't both have long-term success if they're doing musically what everyone else is doing musically.

Also, it's been said that they don't work very well with others, which isn't a particularly good trait to have for anyone, including a musician.

And that brings us back to Lorde.

With a few possible exceptions, there aren't a lot of other musicians who can be compared with Lorde.

The fact that Lorde has, in a way, come out of nowhere to achieve well-deserved near-unanimous acclaim gives her a kind of dark horse/underdog status that separates her from contemporaries like Ariana Grande (TV star) and Iggy Azalea (T.I.'s protégé).

But comparing these three women isn't exactly fair.

I think every musician has the potential to be great for his/her own reasons.

No one says the Beatles were great for the same reason that, say, Kendrick Lamar is.

Otherwise, there wouldn't be any variety in music.

And then what would I rant about in this journal entry?

Also, for further ranting, check out this article: thinkprogress.org/culture/2014…

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