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Saturday Night Rant

Why do we even have these “friend” lists on pseudo social media, when few are actually communicating? We have all these “devices” and pay an often hefty monthly fee to have cell phones and tablets and internet access, but it mostly gets used by robotic call intruders, so some of us leave our ringtones off due to the nuisance factor, electing to call back if someone – a real person we may actually know – leaves a message. Personally I think we’re losing the ability to construct sentences – and instead use emojis, GIFS, and stickers to express what we’d be better off communicating with words… And we wonder why we lose our memory and thinking ability?
And the young ones cannot even write in cursive anymore, but boy, they know how to curse with every other word being the f word. Personally, I’m fed up with that trend. Tired of hearing it and tired of reading it.
And oh, by the way, you can take your baggy butt crack exposing droopy drawers and heist them up over your head so we don’t have to see you at all. In fact, take that ridiculous backward baseball hat and turn it around until your head spins. In fact how about you go back to taking off your hat inside the house or church like gentlemen used to do? You want to be counter culture? Then try these for starters and some good manners for a change. Be a trend setter, or did you think that’s some sort of canine, like an Irish Setter? Might as well, since “culture” is going to the dogs anyway. So what do you have to lose?
Whatever happened to dressing up – at least just with a little thoughtfulness and flair – to show respect to one another, and to show that you have some respect for yourself? No you don’t have to dress to the nines, but at least try to raise the bar a couple notches above slovenly for guys and slutty for girls. Sorry, girls, but those ridiculous jeans with rips and holes all over them make you look like you got pulled off the wagon and have fallen behind the runaway horse pulling it. But that’s what the fashion industry says you must have to be “in”, so comply you will. (Yes, I’m an equal opportunity annoyer.)
Whatever happened to shooting for excellence in the way we think, communicate, and look? I noticed this while watching an old movie. See how nice they look! How feminine the women are, how masculine and debonair the men! Whatever happened to that? I know it’s not just in the movies that way, but I recall when men and women actually bothered to dress up!
Whatever happened to excellence in music? It’s difficult to believe that there are people who consider the Beatles or Elvis as “classical”, since there’s no appreciation for anything that’s earlier than that, no connection to anything of real quality, where the ability to read music was not considered an anomaly. Music notation (also called sheet music), by the way, is a form of communication, the written language of music, so the lack of musicians who actually can read and write music as notation is another disastrous form of illiteracy in performance arts.
On a side note (pardon the pun), I recall having as my 7th grade teacher a gentleman who was also writing a great deal of impressive church music. My classroom desk sat right in front of his teacher’s desk, and I watched in amazement as he wrote notes and harmonies as swiftly as some write sentences! He was one of my childhood inspirations to say the least.
Sadly many have no such connection to the past – where significant differences were actually made by highly dynamic and creative people, who did not have a connection to some mafia industry that promoted them because they were corruptible and thus carried the messages of their keepers through their “art”. They actually were not only “good” but geniuses.
How things have changed! In many ways not for the better. It’s no wonder so many of the nostalgic pages, groups, blogs, and websites are so popular online, as they feature photos from the very different yet more or less recent past. They restore a sense of connectedness to the times that have been ripped away from us by those who want to redefine our tastes and rewrite the social narrative. They bring back a time when people actually lived life WITHOUT the Internet and talked to one another, gathering sometimes in groups to enjoy one another’s face to face company. There were picnics on Auntie’s lawn, fishing trips, get togethers over the holidays, and Sunday dinners as family, sometimes extended. We not only shared the enjoyment of one another’s company, but far better values and attitudes than are now expressed. (Of course there were exceptions, but they were not the mainstream.)
When did it begin to deteriorate, and what’s behind it? Have you thought about that? Or did you not even notice the subtly changing shifting landscape of everything?
These are things difficult to communicate to our grandchildren, which should be part of the responsibility of elders to do, so there is some sense of connectedness to one’s personal history. The family album is a great place to start, if you’re blessed enough to have your grandchildren nearby.
There’s more beneath the surface, but every good rant must come to an end.


Artist, Singer Songwriter, Writer Blogger, Artsy Skeptic and Common Tater.

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