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August 13th, 2020

fiona apple fetch the bolt cuttersELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

I am constantly looking for different music to listen to while working at the office here and while on YouTube recently, Fiona Apple’s newest album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” came up in my suggestions. So like the other albums I’ve listened to, I clicked on the playlist not knowing what to expect. Admittedly, the closest exposure I’ve gotten to Apple’s music is merely knowing it exists, I’ve never just sat down and listened to an album of hers. 

What I ended up getting is something I’m still having a bit of trouble fully understanding, but in a good way. 

The first thing to understand is the tracks on the album are more akin to lyrical and percussive poetry than songs, and while that may sound like an odd way to lay out an album, it works for “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” The main theme of the album is about breaking out of your personal prison, and "fetching the [expletive] bolt cutters and get yourself out of the situation you’re in,” as Apple said in an interview about the album’s release. Apple also said in an interview another theme is social relationships with other women and not letting men pit women against each other in order to control the narrative. And while those overall theme might sound rather trite and cliché, the tracks themselves actually cover them in a way that’s actually mature and realistic for people instead of being melodramatic junk. 

katy perry roar spotlight pageKaty Perry in a scene from her hit single “Roar,” also a popular workout song. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

During this time of quiet due to the coronavirus situation, I’ve been seeing lately quite a few social media posts about goals and projects people have set for themselves, and one of the things I’ve decided to work on is getting up and moving more, so I’ve been going for walks first thing in the morning before I prepare for the day. 

I’m one of those people who needs great butt-kicking music in order to feel in the mood for working out, so in that spirit, I thought it would be fun to share some of the songs I listen to on my phone that really help me get in the mood to get up and out. 

 

“Dead Ringer for Love” (Meat Loaf and Cher)

This is one of the many classic rock songs I grew up listening to (thanks Mom and Dad!) and it’s always rather stuck with me. It’s very catchy and it’s a great song to start any walk/workout to because of the beat, which is quintessential 1980s hair rock. Also, you can’t go wrong with either Meat Loaf OR Cher individually, so putting them together is awesome. If you’re a big classic rock fan or a fan of either of these artists, this is definitely a song to put on your playlist. 

john mulaney spotlight pageComedian John Mulaney tells a story in his “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall” special available on Netflix. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

For many people, the past few weeks have been depressing and somewhat rough due to the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 situation. I admit I have also had a couple blue moments and in that time, I’ve turned to more lighthearted entertainment in order to keep my mind off current events. 

With that in mind, this week I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite comedy specials and shows and movies so others might have some ideas of more lighthearted fare to watch in these weird times. 

 

“John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall” (Netflix)

This special came to my attention a couple years ago on Netflix and for a while after popping up on my suggestions, I slightly ignored it mostly because I hadn’t heard Mulaney’s name connected with anything. After I watched it, however, I ended up wondering how I hadn’t gotten to watching it before. The material used throughout the special is absolutely hysterical and Mulaney’s delivery and innate comedic timing make the special even better – he’s just overall a great storyteller. My favorite bit in the special (which was hard for me to decide because I love the entire show) comes near the beginning when he talks about the ‘Street Smarts!’ assemblies he attended during his school days given by a local police officer. There have been multiple times when I’ve referenced lines from that bit and it never fails to make me laugh.

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