Random Reflecty Post

There’s a scene in House of Cards where Frank (the main character) is back at his alma matter 30 years after he’d graduated. He’s talking to an old friend of his in a library that is about to be torn down. (And well replaced with a library named after him.)

He said something along the lines of “this place mattered to us.” Despite the rest of the conversation, most of which I have missed at this point because I had a head thought I needed to get out, that line triggered some feels in me.

Mostly… It made me think back to days 10 years ago. Where Justin, Pete, Matt S., Melissa, CG Steve and a few others who I’m forgetting right now spent a million hours it seemed in Johnston Hall working on something, playing the game of “what door will this key open”, etc. Usually off-hours. (With permission to be there, of course!)

I don’t know if we realized it at the time. But I kind of feel like Johnston Hall was kinda……well like that library in House of Cards. It was our place.

…and I really miss it.

It’s funny. I was back there a couple of months or so ago. Even though it’s changed so dramatically since we all left that building, it still is that special place. And still kinda like feels “home” in a way.

True Trans Soul Rebel

Full disclosure: I have never been very good at writing music reviews. In fact, the one time I tried writing one for a website, it got sent back to me by the editor laughing. However, I am good at pretending I know what I’m doing, so here it goes. My thoughts on Against Me!’s new album, “True Trans Soul Rebel.”

So much good music has come out in the last year. 2013 was the year that brought us the awesomeness of Daft Punk’s single “Get Lucky”, Katy Perry’s PRISIM with the AMAZING “Roar”, and of course, Beyonce’s super secret self-titled album that is, in my mind, the best thing that came out of 2013 musically.

2014 has been quiet so far in the “OMG I MUST HAVE” music department. That is…until now. For this week, Against Me!’s “True Trans Soul Rebel” was released. We have had acoustic versions of a few singles since the band released a 2 song EP last summer. To say this is one of the most anticipated releases from the band, though is a great understatement.

The album is a very personal look into transition, and the emotions that come with it. Laura Jane Grace has done a brilliant job putting just the right kid of emotion into the album. I gave the album a listen to today. I’m still trying to process all of the feelings that have come out of it. There were some tracks on the back-half of the album, specifically “Dead Friend” and “Two Coffins”, which definately got to me. I was a bit teary eyed listening to them. Most of the album speaks too closely to me in some regards.

Overall, I would *VERY* highly recommend the ablum. Like. Go buy it now. Or click below to listen to it on Spotify.