Hard to love

After a recent personality test, I’ve discovered that my Myers Briggs archetype is ENTJ (extroversion, intuition, thinking, judgement). It was hard to hear that my personality type has problems recognizing, utilizing a full emotion spectrum. That my opinionated, objective-seeking perspectives can be found as abrasive condescending. My Inner (lets be honest, exterior) drama queen was in full blown hysterics. How could such a simple concept be so illusive when my sub/un conscious mind should at the very least understand six basic emotions!! (Nerd Alert).

This new internal conflict was creating a narrative of shame and a tin man who was hard to love.

With the advocacy and current pushes for mental health initiatives, I’m trying to reduce these intrusive failure chronicle that needs a re-write to a story. Brush this shame off my shoulders.


The adage says ‘you’ve made your bed, now you have to lie in it’. First off, I never make my bed (sorry Mom). Secondly, what’s stopping you from just dusting the bed off and make it up again? My homemaker skills notwithstanding, you don’t have to sleep in a bed in dirty sheets unless that is your prerogative. The task is simple; you grab a corner, pull back and shake.

Cascades – Metric

Metric follows up Synthetica with Pagans in Vegas. Ms. Haines previously explored the idea of Vegas in Rock me Now.

When she was seven years old she saw a man get shot
But no one came for a long time
Because it happened in a remote parking lot in Las Vegas
And she was waiting for her mom to come back
From working the blackjack table at the Circus Circus Casino

And that night her mom said that
The two of them and the now dead guy
Were the only three people who ever really lived in Las Vegas
Everybody else just arrived
Ate their complimentary shrimp cocktail and left

– Metric, Rock Me New, Grow Up and Blow Away (Recorded in 2001)

Now over a decade later Vegas is now the focal point of the album.

This new track is heavy on the synth and connected to her concept of the robot Synthetica – an alter ego that detests humans as a result of their imperfection. This new track, Cascades is a large departure from what we have previously heard from the band.  The Marquis from the album art work is The Chisca Hotel, where Elvis debuted his first track.

Shattering the Counterpoint

Shattering the Counterpoint by Samantha Brown and Jeff McIntosh

Perhaps our bad days are merely good days in disguise.
Without the sweet sounds of your tangents, the longest night continued without end.

I could not hear your melody as I traversed the staff, out of time.
The notes were muddled in the onslaught of sound. No matter; we never yield to these temporary setbacks as we advance bar by bar to the final note.

The great crescendo has yet to be hit, as our pitches embrace, falling, lifting, and breaking in the counterpoint.
It goes like this; my third and your fifth, and from them is drawn the undeniable symphony.