murdering the classics


Foolish - Ashanti

I’m away from my computer so I can’t make any gifs or editions but I want to share another classic with you, no need to make an introduction for this track but I like doing it
This is my favorite Ashanti song with her as a leading artist but I like her better on Ja Rule’s Mesmerize and on Nelly’s Body On Me

Foolish was the leading single from her debut selftitled album, the song got a great response spending 10 weeks on the top of the Billboard 100
Actor Terrence Howard and rapper Ja Rule both appear on the music video
Ashanti 2nd number one hit came with Ja Rule with Always On Time

Lately: she has released an album called BRAVEHEART with a music video for the song NEVER SHOULD HAVE


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

“For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide!”


Marion Cotillard, Jodie Foster, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Renee Zellweger recreating some of Hitchcock classics for Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio, 2009

on teachers and lessons and fuck ups

Studying to be a musician is hilarious, because it forces us, esp at college age, to be in a very weird position. Like, we respect, fear, love, and sometimes have grown up borderline worshiping our teachers depending on who your teacher is, but also we sort of have to grudgingly allow our teachers to see us at our absolute worst. Like who in this world has seen you mess up straight up zillions of times? Your teacher. Who is the person you go to for advice when you start hating your instrument? Probably (hopefully) your teacher. Who is the person who sees you, at some point in your life, stumbling into lesson exhausted af, not put together in the slightest, and probably not in any condition to play your instrument? Your teacher. 

And it’s really funny because a lot of the time, if you have a good teacher, when you actually sit down to think about how good your teacher is at their instrument and how much they’ve done, 99% of the time the absolute LAST PERSON you want to fuck up anything in front of is your teacher and yet… here you are… once a week… fucking shit up in front of your teacher and praying that they don’t notice, but they do, and they call you out on it, but typically they won’t punish you or be angry at your humanity either. They feel you. 

The literal very first time I played for my teacher, long before he actually became my teacher, I sat there shaking and so fucking nervous that I actually could not play a C Major scale. C FUCKING MAJOR. I wanted the floor to swallow me up and I looked at him, expecting to die a painful death because I’d been playing for 8 years at that point and I should know, at the very least, how to C Major. He just said, “Hey, you’re okay. You have to understand that the worst you will ever play is for your teacher. It’s like that for everyone and that’s a good thing.It’s just part of getting used to the performance nerves.” I never forgot that. (still nervous as hell every time i enter a lesson tho, but i go into it accepting the fact that at some point in the next hour I’m probably gonna screw something up royally) 

  • me: *watch a whole season in a day*
  • me: oh god what am I doing with my entire life ?!?!
  • me: *watch another episode*