Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#obsessed: Once In a While — Timeflies

Surprisingly, it's been a while since I've done a #obsessed music post. I guess I've been busy with finals and moving around. Also, I've gotten back into EDM (somewhat) and catchy pop tunes have taken a back seat. They've made a comeback as the background music of Breakthrough orientation, so, recently, I "discovered" this song from Timeflies, whom I have done a post on before. Not only does it have the most catchy xylophone-esque hook and a funky, fun music video, the lyrics are also pure gold. Examples include:
"Once in a while, I ask myself // What am I doing? // Once in a while, I need your help // But once in a while I feel like // I just wanna dance // I feel good" 
"I live life like my blood type, B positive"
"I've been looking at where we're going // There's no slowin' down to go back // And thinking of where we've been // No one's ever been given a road map // Say "Slow down, turn here, graduate and work here // Come and get a raise when you finish up your first year" // No, if you're doing it, you're doing it right // Keep it movin', now tell me what you're doing tonight // Cause sometimes we're up, sometimes we're down // Don't worry about anyone else"
While we're on this happy topic, I'd also like to shoehorn in some thoughts about "trigger warnings." Today I had an eye opening experience about trigger warnings and their purpose in life. Contrary to many a popular opinion about their existence as "The Coddling of the American Mind," trigger warnings aren't meant to induce a mass exodus of sensitive crybabies from college classrooms because they wish to avoid participation. On the contrary, they're there to ensure that those who are sensitive are better prepared mentally to participate in a discussion, and won't miss it due to being caught off guard about these topics and subsequently having a panic attack, as I experienced today.

It's the same logic to why someone says, “High five,” before holding up their hand and swinging it towards you. You have a second to react and process that info so you can hold up your hand as well, instead of them swinging their hand towards you unexpectedly and inadvertently slapping you in the face. This New York Times article does a wonderful job of rebutting the Atlantic article linked previously. I realize that I have not been considerate of using trigger warnings either, but from now on, I strive to make it a part of my everyday interactions. It's simply polite, takes no time at all, and makes the experience enjoyable for everyone. ◊

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