She skates on Smirnoff Ice
Sleeps through the Tequila Sunrise
I’ve seen her before
She’s a mad chemist behind the bar
Dead weight on the dancefloor
How could I ignore
She’s poison in a shot glass
A smile that fades fast
A girl called Liqueur?
In my fifties, I was cut down
Left laying in the leaves and dirt
Until I was divided, and separated
And stored away in the darkness
In my sixties, I was dropped into the ocean
I soaked in the salt, and took the punches
I kept my head above the water
I wrinkled, and grew barnacles
In my seventies, a storm relieved me
I drifted far away from shore
And found a lost man
Who I heroically rescued
The lost man repaid my kindness
By deserting me in the sands
Where, warped by rain and sun
I hardly recognized myself
In my eighties, I found kin
Like myself, they had traveled the world
Only to find themselves here
Fuel for the bonfire
I started, and completed today, a portrait I had been meaning to do for a while. Anita Sarkeesian’s “Feminist Frequency” videos have really opened my eyes to the ways that tropes in media hurt women. Her videos make it easy to see what’s wrong in our everyday media, and I hope she keeps making them for years to come. I mimicked the YouTube player using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and the plaid shirt pattern that Anita was wearing during her Damsel in Distress in Video Games video. Both were fun, difficult, and rewarding challenges. The white skin and black hair style is something I’ve gotten the hang of, as I’ve been doing that since, 2008 or earlier. I also nailed the background color gradient, though that only required a base level understanding of gradient mesh. I’d love for her to see this, but that seems like a long shot.
Happy New Years, Anita.
– Kenneth CW.
May the Feminism be Frequent.
On March 10th, 2011 I published Jolt Cartridge onto my Soundcloud page. It was an odd little number, operating at 180 BPM, and I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately, I must have thought so little of it that I managed to lose all of the original song data, save for the drum parts. Have a listen.
Fast forward to Sunday, December 15th 2013: when, for some reason I’m inspired to remake Jolt Cartridge. The original was made on an iPad using the BleepBox app, but since then I’ve taking to making music with FLStudio. The remake follows the same drum pattern, but my attempts to replicate the original sounds and melody of Jolt Cartridge resulted in an entirely different song, Volt Cartridge. It was published last night on December 16th 2013.
It’s a slapdash production, put together in a little over 24 hours, but still, I thought this attempted remake would be an interesting first post in the Music Portfolio category of stories.