Things What I Have Forgot

I’m sure it happens to everyone, that you lose track of something that used to be completely ingrained. I’ve been discovering this week that I’ve managed this.

In my case, I’ve managed to forget just how much music can boost me as long as I’ve got the right music going. The rediscovery was being pointed to a video of a Serbian singer named Marija Serifovic performing her Eurovision-winning song in the empty streets of Belgrade during the mega-lockdown there.

I’ve been binging on her YouTube videos ever since because even though I don’t understand a word of her work (unless she’s covering something that’s written in English – I strongly recommend her cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”) something in the combination of her voice and the music speaks to me. Or possibly kicks me in the bum.

Honestly, I’d almost forgotten just how effective the right music can be for me. Between the workplace moving to the toxic building 18 months ago and me needing noise canceling headphones there to start with, then a whole lot of other things going nuts, I’d got completely out of the habit of working with headphones on as I listened to music that helped me stay awake and focused – if made me a bit disconcerting to others since I gather having the 50+ female headbanging or bouncing around to music nobody else can hear (and wouldn’t like if they could) is a bit unnerving to those not versed in the ways of the Kate.

Well, that and headaches meant there wasn’t much listening to music happening until I discovered Marija Serifovic.

Now I’m wondering what else has slipped from my mind while I’ve been juggling multiple kinds of chaos. The really sad thing about it is I can’t do this to a character – it would be just too convenient and too much Act of Author. Damn it.

Only the Ultimate Author gets to do that, and He doesn’t have readers bitching at Him every time He slips another deus ex machina into His sprawling epic with everything. I totally understand why Sarah wants to yell at Him, since He gets away with so many writing tricks we lesser beings aren’t allowed to use.

The whole World In Crisis plot is getting tired, too. Can we please have a deus ex author to bring a change of heart to all the twits who think they have the right and ability to control the rest of us?

26 thoughts on “Things What I Have Forgot

  1. — Can we please have a deus ex author to bring a change of heart to all the twits who think they have the right and ability to control the rest of us? —

    I’m afraid that these, like the poor, we will always have with us. It’s a defect, to be sure, but in no era of Mankind’s history that I’ve studied has it been absent from us…and I might know why.

    Heinlein once divided Mankind into those who want power over others and those who have no such desire. I believe he missed a category: Those who want — possibly need, for emotional reasons — a ruler. The tale of the frogs who asked God to send them a king is relevant here. Many people seem to yearn for a king. It’s possible that the yearning itself is what brings men desirous of power to prominence.

    — What would Mao Tse-tung be without a billion Chinese to back him up? Just another cranky old man. — Norman Spinrad. —

    Good parents strive to inculcate both the spirit of independence and respect for others’ independence into their maturing children. Neither half of the equation always “takes.” And it takes only ordinary powers of observation to note that there are a lot of “mighty tall children” (Heinlein again) wandering around, these days.

    1. Absolutely. I personally suspect that most people are sheeple – they want someone to look after them. If most people were independent-minded cusses, the power-minded wouldn’t have nearly as much of a hold.

      It’s probably some deep-seated biological thing that goes to pack and herd dynamics, what with humans being a pack/herd animal. I’ve noticed that most people will accept being at the bottom of the pecking order so they belong to something rather than strike out on their own.

      And yes, there are an awful lot of overgrown children out there.

    2. It’s a recurring theme not only in the Bible–when the Jews demanded a king–but also crops up in the Book of Mormon as well. (Though notably, through a large chunk of it, in reverse–a king willingly abdicates and sets up a more representative form of government, and even though inevitably corruption sets in within a generation or so, it toodled along for a good many centuries before complete collapse.)

      In the Bible, I always felt it notable that God tried to guide his chosen people into the more representative government–in the form of elected judges–and they then spent all their time whining how they wanted a king, because EVERYONE ELSE HAD KINGS AND KINGS WERE COOL. At which point Himself did what always is the most effective teaching tool but which, alas, doesn’t noticeably cut down on the whining–he gave them what they asked for, good and hard…

      Honestly, if one looks past the blood-and-thunder bits of the Old Testament (or the neverending begats)…it’s a pretty clear parenting manual…

      1. Ah yes, I had almost forgotten:

        And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

        And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

        And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

        [First Book of Samuel, Chapter 8, verses 7 through 18]

        Sometimes it really does seem that “there is nothing new under the Sun.”

        1. I want to learn to speak like that. “even unto this day”?! I did ask someone to “impart wisdom unto me” last week.

          I’m also curious what the Hebrew word for “confectionaries” is/means. That seems a bit odd. But I suppose kings like their treats.

          1. “confectionaries” = King James English slang for tarts, perhaps? Although that is a bit out of place beside the cooks and bakers.

            You really don’t want to know where my mind when when I got to the whole taking “your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses” because I’m tired enough to be losing all the filters for “polite”. And let’s face it, if by “asses” they mean donkeys, that’s somewhat out of place in the listing of what will be taken. That or the king in question has really odd tastes.

            1. “laraqqahowt” – compounders of perfumes. But in Latin, the word for an apothecary (who also made perfume medicines) was confectionarius, someone who made confectiones (mixtures, compounds).

              So yeah, it’s a weird translation, but it’s not that far off.

              1. That makes a lot more sense than where my overtired mind was going last night.

  2. I had a blissful hour and a quarter yesterday at the car shop. Just sitting and reading history (medieval Japan – filling in blanks for Day Job), no news on, no people talking, just me, a book, my sort of soda pop, and knowing I couldn’t do anything else and shouldn’t be doing anything else.

    Dang, I needed that. Probably need more of that.

    1. Had something develop that I wasn’t originally expecting to be seriously fatiguing. When the plan shifted, I realized that I would need to build some rest and relaxation into my schedule, to avoid the need to be sent to the glue factory after. Learned anew how bad I am at relaxing.

      1. This is a general history of Japan. Richard Mason’s _A History of Japan: Revised Edition_. I also have _World of the Shining Prince_ queued up, but have not started it.

    2. Nice. No news is awesome on its own. I start getting homicidal urges if I listen to the horrible pap that passes for news these days – enough that I’ve seriously considered getting that TV-killing widget from ThinkGeek.

      No one talking, no TV, and a good book… sounds like a slice of heaven.

      1. It almost was, aside from “hits of the 70s” on the overhead music, and even that was quiet enough that it could be ignored. If only the heavy morning overcast had lasted a bit longer and kept that nasty flaming ball of ick hidden for an additional half an hour . . .

      2. Yes indeed. I wish I could convince a certain relation to shut the blasted boob tube off, especially the news. But no: “How ELSE will you learn what’s happening in the world?”

  3. Great voice, great presentation, nice normal person face, and a song named “Prayer.” Plus Belgrade still has some nice buildings, and roses too.

    1. Yes. She’s impressive, isn’t she? I’ve subscribed to her YouTube channel, so I can keep going back to her work.

  4. “I gather having the 50+ female headbanging or bouncing around to music nobody else can hear is a bit unnerving to those not versed in the ways of the Kate.”

    I thought that kind of thing was normal for Australia. 😦 Bummer. The Oz is less cool than I was led to believe.

    “The whole World In Crisis plot is getting tired, too. Can we please have a deus ex author to bring a change of heart to all the twits who think they have the right and ability to control the rest of us?”

    My universe got saved five times since October by giant tanks, robot girlfriends and practical jokes. Its only May. People in the know are starting to get a little testy about it. ~:D

    1. Alas, it’s only a Kate thing, as far as I know. I’m Odd no matter where I am.

      Your universe sounds like fun – although given the robot girlfriends are you sure they’re getting testy and not teste?

      1. The robots have very discerning taste. They go for people who dance with their headphones on at work. ~:D Stodgy gubmint employees not so much.

        Although, there is this Semi-Autonomous Ground Combat unit, SAGC-762, who picked up with the mean security guard lady at the FAA. She refused to leave her post when the giant Harley Davidson-sized scorpion showed up wanting access to the building. The scorpion now glories in the name Gruesome Mary McScary.

  5. From the “music I had forgotten” file: Gigi D’Augustino, I’ll Fly With You.

    I haven’t heard it in ages, and my phone just shuffled it to the top this afternoon. Put your headphones on and wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care. ~:D

    The video is fun too. A reminder of how the world used to be, and will be again. (Plus there’s girls wearing electrical tape. Woo hoo!)

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