Gimme Sympathy

“We’re so close, to something better left unknown. We’re so close, to something better left unknown… I can feel it in my bones, Gimme sympathy, after all of this is gone. Who would you rather be? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones.”


This is one of my fav band, Metric’s biggest songs. I interpret it to mean, will you still love me when I am no longer beautiful? Famous? Witty? The Beatles burned bright and faded in less than a decade. The Rolling Stones are still going strong…

Frontwoman indie rocker, Emily Haines is a rare bird. A gutsy 21st century iconoclast. Choosing not to marry or have children. Taking no political sides. An independent thinker full of soul. Darkness and Light. I’m holding the very last spot on the Dark Night soundtrack for her.

My elders, I do sympathize. Watching the new generation. Do they seem uncaring? Arrogant? Ahh weren’t you? At that ripe age. Call it 19. Let their energy fuel you also! The great Stephen King wrote an essay, On Being 19, in which he encourages us to get busy living, essentially. Pump up your ego, (Be the BEST writer! By god!) while you can. Before the mean “traffic cop,” (age) gets the better of you. So it goes…

Billy Eilish recently hosted SNL. One of her opening monologue jokes cut deep. “I’m about to turn 20. Or, as the internet calls it, ‘middle-aged.’😭😭😭

The point I’m getting at here is that time gets the best of us all. The kids will always be oblivious to this fact. Don’t let it get you down. I’m starting to appreciate it. My little vanity project is bound to make me look ugly to some people. Is romance my only priority? I’m not Romeo. I’m not Bruce Wayne. I’m just an actor playing a part for as long as my receding hairline affords… Ok.


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  1. Hi EF, let’s just say I have items of clothing in my wardrobe that are older than Billie Eilish that I bought new so I am advanced in age…But I still have the brain of a kid and act like one sometimes. I try not to let age define me, yes my physical carcass may be starting to fail but the “Little grey cells” as Poirot would say are still firing.
    And just one final Star Wars tidbit…Master Yoda once said “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter” so….be the best bright light you can be!

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  2. Hi mate! Actually, I am aged (a little πŸ˜‰) to talk about these all-new waves. Although I am still feeling young, I try to understand as much as I can. In my time (the 70s+), pop music was music, and I think what is going on now is rubbish! Of course, I never meant your favourite band, Metric. I might not like it, but I can hear they are working.
    I suggest you sing the Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ Just keep working.
    PS: However, I prefer The Beatles to The Stones! 😁

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    1. Thanks for the great comment, LM! I think *Pop* music is the real difference between today’s music and 70s (The best!) You said IT, in the 70s pop music was MUSIC Haha. I think there is great new music of all genres today. But you have to dig deep to find it. Today Corporate seems to be blasting out so many songs that are, At best melodous and “catchy” without anything meaningful to say. And at worst, broadcasting out the completely wrong message about what’s important in life. Money, Sex, Drugs…. On that note, Rock n Roll is supposedly about all those vices too…. But it feels different today idk. Just seems to me urgently that 60s and 70s music just had more..HEART somehow.

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  3. The Stones only had one really memorable song — Sympathy for the Devil — whereas the Beatles had a full Texas Hold Em hand of song cards … Hey Jude, Yesterday, that song about Strawberry Fields, etc etc.

    So even though I’m not a huge fan of Sixties music my vote goes to the Beatles.

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  4. I remember asking my husband (at the time) to buy me tickets to the Stones farewell concert. I think that was in the 80s! I’m guessing that was a marketing tactic because they kept right on going. And I’ve still never seen them yet!

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    1. And I think they’ve fooled everybody every year since. We’re all like, β€œthis has GOTTA be it, right?” Drummer, Charlie Watts finally passed away August 2021. They performed during the pandemic via Skype… So.. Rocking till the GRAVE!

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