Music Monday: Covering The Band

A new post!  After a summer of silence!  I hope you’re all as excited as I am.  I have a lot to share and a lot of questions I’d love to have feedback on but for today, let’s just rock out to some solid summer jams.

As any casual reader of this blog knows, I love The AV Club – it’s my go-to online destination for quality cultural analysis and just plain fun reading.  One of the greatest things they do during the summer is their AV Club Undercover series, where they have great current bands created stunning, interesting covers of classic songs in a wide variety of genres.  It’s an incredible series and always manages to dominate my musical selections during the summer months.

A few weeks ago, they featured a cover of The Band’s The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a personal favorite, covers by a trio of fantastic voices – Glen Hansard from The Swell Season with his pals Lisa Hannigan and John Smith.  It’s one of those songs that has snuck up on me in the past few days – I thought it was enjoyable on first listen but I’m finding myself hitting repeat more and more often as the dog days of summer continue to roll by.  It’s the perfect song for sitting out on your porch on a hot night with nothing but a cold beer and your thoughts – something I’ve been doing a lot of lately.

AV Club Undercover: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

I Don’t Think That Means What You Think It Does

Can I call for the official banishment of the phrase quarter-life crisis?

There’s something about it that just rubs me the wrong way.  Maybe it’s hard for me to image that 25% of my life may very well be behind me.  Maybe it’s the fact that it seems to be a word people in the media use to create crappy filler segments in a 24 hour news cycle.  But mostly, I think it’s a misuse, or at the very least, overstatement of the word crisis.

Things that I believe legitimately constitute a crisis

  • The oil spill in the Gulf [and elsewhere]
  • The loss of a loved one
  • The national deficit
  • Hate, discrimination, and violence

Things which I believe are categorically not crisises

  • A bad hair day
  • World Cup matches
  • Someone drinking the last beer in the fridge and not replacing it
  • Feeling a sense of frustration, disenchantment, and/or being lost in your 20s

I think the second list is an example of things that happen in life that you have to deal with. Most of us have bad hair days; some of us have bad hair.  Sometimes a referee makes a bad call on a good goal.  On an occasion, I finish the house beer and wait awhile to get more.  And of course, most of us who are in the post-graduation haze live in shades of gray – it can be frustrating and disheartening but it can also be exhilarating and fulfilling.

Suggested changes to the term “quarter-life crisis”

  • Post-collegiate Party
  • Spontaneous Adulthood
  • Double Decade Disco
  • Being in your 20s and dealing with life

Truly, if you want to laugh at the ridiculousness that is attempting to jazz up dull age-related angst with fancy names, check out a great edition of The Hater at AV Club.