By the way, because I am evidently ADD, while mourning Merle’s passing, I caught a clip of Baby Metal on Colbert’s show. I have been a fan of these amazing gals since I first saw the original video two years ago. I would go on at length about my love for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Lao, and Viet Namese pop, but I’d come off like an idiot because all I could tell you is “I like this” without being able to explain why. Anyway, I’m glad America en masse has been introduced to Baby Metal. As for me, I’m on a Japanese punk/metal/pop kick now, and I’m rocking out to Shonen Knife. You should be too.
You’ll have to pardon me if this blog goes all Motorhead, all the time for the next few days. They were not the band that introduced me to hard rock -that was AC/DC- or hardcore -that was the Dead Kennedys- or even speed metal -that was Metallica.
But good fucking lord. Motorhead and Lemmy have been constants in my musical life since I was 16 or so. He was and remains a giant of rock-n-roll, in the same vein as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, or Chuck Berry (all of who Lemmy names as early influences). This is, in some ways, worse than losing one of those legends, as Lemmy and Motorhead continued to create original music, long after Richard, Jerry, and Chuck began relying on their hits (and I’d dare say making better music than a lot of other metal bands out there).
Anyway, this is one of my favorite Motorhead songs. Safe travels, Lemmy. Born to lose, lived to win. Something all of us need to take to heart.
Just completed and submitted my first cover letter of the week. I’m getting better at this: it only took two hours of procrastination, followed by 4 hours of writing, editing, and getting suggestions from writerly friends on FB. I got laid off about three weeks ago, and basically hit the ground running. Since leaving the…