Sunday, March 14, 2010

Don't Judge

I am having a hard time coming to grips with something. I think the only way I can deal is to write about it. Sat. night we finally opened one of the shiny new beauties we got last week and listen to it in the car. It is sooooo fantastic. I cried tears. It's that good. Then we got to track of my most favorite songs in the world ever. Now, I knew about the less than savory word used in it, but EVERY COPY of Habits was supposed to be EDITED. Every. Copy. Well, these first 100,000 are not. The next pressing is likely months away, so, in the mean time you must be warned. I cannot let my fellow Molly Mormons go buy it knowing that they'll be mortified if they listen to track 6 in the car with their kids. It's a big deal to me. Yes, I know, I'm uptight and prudish.

So, after listening to it in the car Sat. night, we attended the premiere of Under Great White Northern Lights. I was in the most sour mood ever. I was on the verge of tears. I wasn't allowed to talk about my disappointment with Branden because it was stressing him out and ruining "date night". He is also very stressed about the sitch. It's a ding to his rep.

As we sat watching Jack and Meg on the big screen, I remembered how very, very much I love rock 'n roll. And how it's a HUGE part of who I am. And how when Bdog had long hair he sometimes looked like Jack and it was hot. And how the music I've listened to all my life defines so much of me. And how this is Branden's career that we've worked so hard for. And that the eff-bomb is just one word.

Then I thought about all the musicians I love and respect in my life. The ones that I look up to & that influence me. I literally had this monologue running in my head while watching:

"Man, I really love rock 'n roll...Man, why am I so bent out of shape about this? I've love so many bands that have songs like this. And I turned out o.k. Right? Neil Young...even The Jam drops an eff-bomb and they're like, my most favorite band EVER! What about Lucinda Williams? Dad loves her. And The Mother Hips? Radiohead? Ryan Adams? Beck? O.K. So, it happens. It's not the end of the world. I'm not gonna die."

Yes, this is what was going through my mind. Then I decided to just warn the world and let it be. I listen to music that has words in it sometimes and I'm o.k. Even in my formative years, it didn't mess me up. The world will keep spinning. And there is so much music in the world to love. Even track 6. And there are not enough Neon Trees songs in the world for me to love and listen to.


Anonymous said...

It didn't stop me from buying it! Plus those that really know you and Branden won't judge you on someone else's decision. That is what you call a real true friend

k+m said...

i love you. and i still love the album more than words. after i dropped you off, brode and i drove around for about a half hour with that song on repeat trying to even pick it out. finally, after the 7th run through and my stereo at full blast i could barely hear it. BARELY. don't stress. i love it and i love you two and i think it's maybe a little more fabulous because of it. :) xoxo

Kaerlig said...

Dave did this radio ad once where it said our scooters were freaking awesome except it "beaped" out the freaking word to give the listener the idea that our scooters were effing awesome (even though it beaped out freaking NOT effing). I was upset--because the ad represented us and our shop and I didn't want people to think Dave had really said effing...but I got over it... but it still bothered me after I got over it. :)

Blake Barney said...

for what its worth...I don't buy any album that doesn't have at least one f-bomb!

if anybody has a problem with it....well fetch them! :)

...seriously though, I'm super happy for you guys. Tell Branden if he runs into any old, icon punk rockers to let me know!!!! Also, tell mom and pops hi....are they on a mission now?!?!?!

LTD in Las Vegas said...

Yes...we've all heard these words in songs...or less than ideal lyrics. One of emma's fav songs is Mr. Crowley...what an uplifting song eh? I bought it anyhow and it's awesome! See you at The Pearl!

dastew said...

Now I'm going to have to listen more carefully to Track 6. You've piqued my interest.

Crazymamaof6 said...

you don't know me.

we have a mutual friend named Jayna in UT. she said she was friendly with you when i blogged about the band last week, and i HAD TO hunt you down.

because I'm a recently converted NEON TREES FAN! yeah. and a mormon mommy. 6 kids mormony,and seriously the F bomb is in my FAVE SONG! it almost makes it better for me. don't sweat it. the album rocks! my kids can hang.

now if i could just explain to them why i NEED TO go to the concert on Sunday in Tempe, I'd be rad. alas, I'm afraid i will have to miss which saddens me. GREATLY. (sigh)