sing me the body electric

2

i work the late shift at the ice cream shop and i don’t leave until it’s dark, almost ten o'clock, but when i do i get on my bike and put in my earphones and ride through the mystery of suburban night, follow hazy streetlights, avoid cracks in the sidewalk, and everything is a little mystical when the sun has gone down and the lawns are all the same in rows upon rows, and you can’t be sure if the fuzzy shape in front of you is a person or a tree, but you swerve anyway, and keep on going, the smooth pavement under your tires whispering away. and i ride and ride.

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That’s when you rise, finally. You rise out of the mud, in the rain, and suddenly everything gets really cold and calm. No one is going to come and save you even if you beg them to. Especially if you beg them to. You’re on your own, like you’ve always been on your own. You have to keep going forward, until you can’t go forward anymore.

—Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance

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She was nearly twenty, with dark hair, darker eyes, and
a hint of something deeper within. There was a freshness
about her that the surrounding harsh landscape had failed to
eliminate. Anyone glancing at her would have thought her
soft: a serious error of judgment.

a playlist for rey, somewhat following her story arc in the force awakens.

Are you alive? [listen]

all along the watchtower–bear mccreary / mary goes to jesus–john debney / the rains of castamere–the national / leaving earth–clint mansell and sam hulick / touch (feat. paul williams)–daft punk / the departure–michael nyman / cara mia addio–aperture science psychoacoustics laboratory / eyes on fire–blue foundation / the hymn of axiom–vienna teng / kara remembers–bear mccreary

Even though the human spirit may continue to be the most powerful thing on the planet, the human music culture remains the most fucking confusing thing on Earth. –/LISTEN

e.t.–katy perry / ground control to major tom–david bowie / lucy in the sky with diamonds–the beatles / bohemian rhapsody–queen / toxic–britney spears / hey ya!–outkast / stain’ alive–the bee gees / somewhere over the rainbow–judy garland / my milkshake–kelis / don’t stop believing–journey / respect–aretha franklin / we will rock you–queen

People think I know what I’m doing and where I’m going but I honestly have no idea; if you disrespect the Oxford Comma I cannot speak to you. A modified fanmix yourself challenge. –/LISTEN

a song that makes you feel badass–seven nation army (the glitch mob)
that reminds you of your favorite character–abraham’s daughter (arcade fire)
that reminds you of someone you care about–afraid (the neighborhood)
that would play in the movie trailer for your life–oh no! (marina & the diamonds)
with a color in the title–wine red (the hush sound)
that never fails to make you happy–paper planes (m.i.a.)
that you’ve fallen in love with because of the lyrics–artificial nocturne (metric)
your current favorite instrumental song–hollywood and vines (lost soundtrack)
that you prefer to listen to in the dark–house of the rising sun (lauren o'connell)
your current pump up song–harder, better, faster, stronger (daft punk)
that you’d like to dance to–a little party never killed nobody (fergie)
that reminds you of your childhood–the obvious child (paul simon)
that you want to share with everyone–bang bang (nancy sinatra cover; willy moon)