Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Titles That Would Make Good Band Names.” Hello, it’s been a while! I am going to try to get back to posting this meme weekly, but we will see how that goes. This is one of my favorite topics to date. I love how much creativity everyone is going to be able to pour into this one. I only have seven because that was as much effort I could muster for this post.
1. Bruja Born
What Would They Sound Like? Obviously I would need this band to be Latinx. I also feel like this band would have a really unique sound that would be haunting yet compelling like sister duo Ibeyi, who are French-Cuban.
2. Citizen Illegal
What Would They Sound Like? For this band, I picture a 1990s rock band vibe like Linkin Park. It could be that the cover for this one just gives off those vibes for me.
3. The Belles
What Would They Sound Like? Do Christmas bands exist because that was my first thought. The Belles would have a really cloying sound, but we would all listen to them when the Christmas season came around. Also, I picture them being an acoustic band like Pentatonix.
4. Monday’s Not Coming
What Would They Sound Like? This is a far cry from the novel, but I can totally see a punk rock band adopting this name as a reference to the school week not starting or something. Green Day captures the energy I believe this band would have.
5. Undead Girl Gang
What Would They Sound Like? A girl punk band! I couldn’t find a band that quite captured the sound I was looking for, but I think Mitski is the closest I could come up with.
6. Not Even Bones
What Would They Sound Like? This would be the name of an indie folk band. I know most people think of Mumford & Sons when it comes to this genre, but the first band I was exposed to in this genre was Fleet Foxes.
7. Blanca y Roja
What Would They Sound Like? Okay, hear me out, but what if this band was two sisters who had haunting and ethereal harmonies? Much like The Staves.
Are any of these on your TBR as well? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.
I need some alone time. I need some time to process. I need…I don’t know. After a terrible night’s sleep, after I woke up realizing that last night’s election results were not in fact a nightmare, I feel so disheartened. I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that a man that talked so negatively about so many groups of people can then be embraced by such a large portion of this country. I’m going to get a little personal. My grandfather is in the hospital right now. He’s my last living grandparent and they don’t believe he’s going to make it. Last night my father, along with his five siblings, spent the evening saying goodbye. When my grandfather was sixteen years old, he and his siblings left Mexico to come to this country for a better life. None of them were criminals or rapists, they were just looking for a brighter future for their kids and eventually their grandkids (and greatgrandkids while we’re at it, my grandpa has several).
All throughout this election process, I’ve heard Trump talk about Mexicans as though they were undesirables, something this country could do without, but I could not do without my grandfather. I wouldn’t be here if he didn’t take a chance on this country. I could go further back in my family tree and point out that my grandmother’s mother also came here from Mexico, that my maternal grandparents are both Mexican-Americans, that their genealogy can be traced back to Mexico and parts of this country that used to belong to Mexico. I’m not going to lie, this year’s presidential election felt like a slap in the face. This felt like people were unwilling to stand up for those who may not look like them, who may not have their same background, who just needed a helping hand. I was so willing to believe that we were a better nation than this, that our greatness came from a willingness to embrace all people from all walks of life. This election’s results prove otherwise.
I am disheartened, disappointed, and I feel entirely disrespected. Not just by Trump, but by all those who voted for him, by all those who refused to vote at all, for all those who didn’t believe he could win and so voted for a third-party candidate.
I’m taking a little break. I need a few days to process, to come to terms with the state of our country. Not everyone understands why this election’s results sting so much and I don’t expect you to. Not everyone and their families were villainized during Trump’s campaigning, but mine was. This is just a small portion of what is so demoralizing about this election, there are other groups of marginalized people that woke up today not feeling like their country was looking out for them. All I ask is that you let them mourn, let them vent, let them feel everything they need to. Please do not go on Twitter and tell them to just move on, to accept the results like they’re something that can be brushed off, to be nice and kind through all of this. Have some semblance of empathy and if that’s something you can’t do, then you are part of the problem.
My blogging hiatus is official over! For those unaware, I took the last week off from blogging, but it’s a new day and I’m ready to dive back in. I stayed completely away from the blog and didn’t peek once at comments (though it was sometimes very tempting). The week ended up going by faster than I thought it would and while I am really excited to catch up on everything, the entire experience was really enjoyable and it’s a good bet I’ll be taking another hiatus in the future. Seriously, I think I got more blogging done preparing for this hiatus than I have in a while. Today and tomorrow, I’ll be doing my best to respond to comments left on the blog this past week and seeing what everyone else has been blogging about while I was away. Wow, I’m really stoked about this.
It’s official, today marks the first day of my blogging hiatus. If you haven’t heard, I decided it was about time I took a week off from blogging. Have a look at my post Kernels of Nonsense: Blogging Hiatus Announcement to learn why, what I’m expecting from the break, and other details. I will not be blogging until Saturday the 24th, but I do have a couple of reviews scheduled to go up during the week. If you leave a comment on any of my posts, I’ll try my best to get to them all come Saturday. If you need to reach me, I will still be present on Twitter. Hope your week is as relaxing as I plan mine to be!