Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...
May 25, 2007
Not a Big Fan of Romeo and Juliet
I've been listening to this song by Akon, and in fact I am listening to it right now and so I thought you might like to listen, too. The first couple of times I heard it, I was in the car and I liked the song but...I'm too old for it. At my age, when I hear "Nobody wanna see us together" lyrics, I don't think, "Yeah, old people are against young love! because old people are bitter and have never known what Real Love is! and so they don't want to see anyone else happy!" anymore. I think, "Well, why don't they want to see you together? Is it really a matter of young love, or is it more like outstanding warrants, or two pregnant ex-girlfriends, or that you're all slumpy and disrespectful and can't keep your pants up, or that you're cheating on her incessantly and other people think that's not a good sign even though you keep saying it doesn't mean anything, or...?"
Then I was looking up the song online to see who it was by, and I discovered that the song is being picked up here and there as a gay love song instead of the teenage love song I'd been hearing it as. Seen in that light, I can love the song. Maybe not every lyric detail works out, but I sure am a lot more inspired by lyrics of facing opposition and of fighting for the right to be together if I'm thinking of, say, gay marriage, as opposed to high school romance.