Glass Animals • Tumblr IRL • Los Angeles • 8/31/16
Bringing an album to life at a Tumblr IRL had yet to get THIS literal.
The characters pictured in the Glass Animals’s new album and videos added a whole new dimension, inviting fans to be Human Beings with them. With a background of 8 bit projections from the minds of Whoopi (@whoopthis) & Myk (@myk31), the band (@glassanimalsband) performed their new songs on stage in a world made from their imagination.
Graced with some oldies, and hit hard with new music that could only make them dance, those in attendance at The Village Studios in LA didn’t just get a show. They got to truly experience the album.
Big thanks to the band and their brains, to Whoopi & Myk and to Ice Breakers Mints (@icebreakersunicorn) for making this happen, to Vinyl Me Please (@vinylmeplease) for putting Tumblr IRL art on a record (!!!), to Yours Truly (@yourstrulysf) on production and to Spotify Sessions (@spotify) for enshrining it in their vault so we can all enjoy a show with as much energy and passion as you’ll ever see.
I haven’t honestly reflected on how I’ve been feeling in a while. Its hard to write when you don’t know how you feel or when you’re numbing yourself so you don’t have to face things but its unhealthy and it took me a while to admit that this is where I’ve been standing or how I’ve been feeling. So with this, I hope I can write more again because I only seem to be able to write poetry when I’m most honest with myself.
I also wanted to say thank you, to all of you who continue reading these pages of my heart. May all of you be well and happy.
So a recap of The Sub’s latest Briana bullshit. So you don’t have to read:
- B is still referred to as a stylist working in LA
- got together after Louis broke up with El (no Danielle mention)
- Freddie’s a gift from god and her family helps babysit
- Louis seeking joint custody (like the active verb)
- came to temporary settlement after she denied him access with Louis getting additional visitation but no overnights
- Mention of Louis’ sisters’ birthday tweets for Freddie’s first birthday
It’s like a tumblr summary recap. The question is why and the custody being a live issue again well I guess we can all see the foreshadowing there.
This week’s prompt caused people to write who hadn’t written in a long time, and I can honestly say that’s the best to me. A reason on its own to do these prompts. Here are week 13′s participants in order of appearance, I hope you enjoyed reading them:
Poem of the week: @aubriestar‘s ‘looking for signs’. Every line is spot on, a little poem in itself. I didn’t really know what I was looking for when I gave out this prompt, but in hindsight it was exactly this.
I realized that in this episode, Marceline and BMO are essentially a foil to each other. While BMO’s retaliated by stating that over-exaggerated, fairy tale-like recap of the boat holiday (to which the sketch-like animations really helped brought out an innocent, child-like imagery) was “emotionally truthful”, Marceline’s simplistic yet exciting puppet show of her memory which ended in a vague manner was her way to escape the confrontation of a painful past relationship that had took a bad turn.
One is emotionally truthful, one doesn’t want to be emotionally vulnerable.
Regardless, Adventure Time never failed to rip open my rib cage, abduct my heart and send it away on a “feels” trip.
My mom used to say something to me as a child, “If you were really sorry you wouldn’t have done [whatever misdeed] in the first place.” It always made me feel awful, but I accepted it as some truth, because it was coming from my mom, right? It wasn’t until I was an adult and mentioned that to someone else and they responded, “WTF?! That’s not how it works!” that I started to realize the effed up logic in that idea. (Side note: with an adult perspective, I now see that this was probably something her abusive parents said to her, and I’m willing to bet she wouldn’t say it now - but it still hurt me when I was a kid.)
Feeling sorry for something you did wrong after you did it is never a bad thing. You should feel sorry. You should want to make up for your mistakes and correct them. And hopefully, prevent them from happening again. When someone tells you, “Well, since you did it in the first place, there’s no way you can be truly sorry about it now. So, no forgiveness for you,” it’s horrible. It makes you feel worthless and like you are evil and there’s no point in trying, because no one is going to accept it anyway.
Any of this sounding familiar? Does it sound like what the SHIELD team did to Ward after the end fo Season 1? Good, because that’s exactly what happened. They told him repeatedly there was no way that he could possibly be sorry enough, so don’t even bother trying. They told him he was evil, everything was his fault, and there was no chance of redemption. He kept trying for a little while, but it eventually became too much and he became the monster they kept telling him he was - the man without remorse. (Even though he had buckets full of it much earlier.) The SHIELD team basically said to Ward what my mother used to say to me.
So many people have decried, criticized, and excoriated the AoS writing and showrunning team for this teribly toxic narrative. And they are right to do so. It’s a horrible, horrible message to send. That there is no forgiveness, that you are inherently evil, that circumstances don’t matter, and there is no coming back from any misdeeds. The writers messed up, big time. And they went a long time without acknowledging any mistakes and even mocking people for calling them out.
But then things started to change. The narrative of the show in Season 4 has been much tighter, more consistent, and best of all - they’ve started acknowledging mistakes they made. They’ve had characters say lines and make different decisions, acknowledging past screw ups. (Coulson, most notably, has commented more than once how he was hellbent on revenge last year and he did bad things because of it and he regrets it now, then he’ll go on to make a better choice.) I’ve watched it with a healthy amount of trepidation and caution, I’ve been burned by these writers before, but also relief and hope because they’re finally making it better. It isn’t perfect, they haven’t completely atoned for their truly bad writing from previous seasons, but they are trying. They’re making improvements and trying to right past wrongs. Hoo-freaking-ray!!!!!
Isn’t this what we want? Don’t we want the writing team and the SHIELD team to do better? Don’t we want them to correct their mistakes and make better choices? Isn’t this exactly what we’ve been crying out for, for Ward? That he be given the chance to make things better, even with his crimes as terrible as they were. If we can call for redemption and forgiveness for a character who committed murder and all sorts of other crimes, can’t we allow a little space for the writers of a tv show to correct their wrongs as well? If all we do is scream “too little, too late” at them, what incentive do they have to keep going with this? If we tell them, “If you were really sorry, you wouldn’t have f***ed up in the first place,” how are they going to want to keep going? And if they don’t keep going, then we’re going to end up with an even worse situation. I’m not saying immediately absolve them of all their mistakes. I am saying we need to give them a little bit of space, and grace, to atone for their errors, without jumping down their throats, vilifying, and completely invalidating them.
If we claim to stand for forgiveness and redemption, even for truly heinous acts, we have to be willing to extend it to more than just fictional characters.
It has been a pleasure reading your take on our prompt “Maybe you can tell anyone anything.” Here are this week’s participants. If you participated but don’t see your username, message @denmysterywoman
This week’s prompt was Lust for life. I am very happy to see so many of you have taken the time to contribute to this prompt. After all, I hadn’t done one in a while. It’s great to see you sharing your inspiring words. Now, without further ado, all participants in order of appearance:
Of all of these @reinventing-wednesday‘s poem struck me the most, and as her words linger she gets a star for poem of the week. To me, her words show the lights we cannot see unless we’ve lost them to darkness before. A greater appreciation of life. A dormant yet vital lust, rediscovered.
That being said, I’d say a round of applause for everyone is in order! Thank you all for playing along with this week’s prompt. The next prompt will be up shortly.