“Let the good times roll. Let them knock you around. Let the good times roll. Let them make you a clown. Let them leave you up in the air. Let them brush your rock and roll hair.” -The Cars
This week’s post is inspired by two songs The Cars’ “Let the Good Times Roll and one close to my heart which taps into my Cuban roots: the legendary Celia Cruz’s "La Vida es un Carnaval”. Both summon you to bask in life and live in the present moment despite the static that might be surrounding you. Miami’s Dade County Youth Fair was obviously the perfect backdrop to offer us the ideal metaphors that are synomyous with life. There’s the spinning merry-go-around that takes you around and around yet everytime you look there is someone or something new you see, the revolving fun house entrance which you have to find your balance on or get knocked down and well, the grand prize at the end of life.
So why these two songs? Well, Cruz’s song gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it because it’s a 4 minute revelation of what defines life: filled with mostly beauty, love and laughter despite the hardships that might try ot break our spirit. The Cars’ tune is just quintessential coolness for me. I love love love this song. I hear Ric Ocasek’s voice and I can’t help but want to emulate his nonchalant badass “I got this” attitude. Listen to both of them and I hope they inspire you to “let the good times roll.”-TFP
“Life’s just a merry-go-round. Come on up. You might get a brass ring.”-Mae West
“Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don’t like”- Zelda Fitzgerald
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”- James Dean
“Every man dies-Not everyman lives”- William Ross Wallace
OUTFIT: Express top, Forever 21 shorts, Francescas’s Collection bracelets from The Shops at Pembroke Gardens c/0 MIA cowboy boots.