Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Same Love" and "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

If I really had my blogging hat placed firmly on my head, I would have remembered to share the first song with you last Tuesday. That was the day Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' album, "The Heist," was released. Also, it would have preceded National Coming Out Day.

I believe in equal rights for all. Period. And I believe that people shouldn't live in fear of being themselves. I'm not gay, and neither is Macklemore. And that doesn't matter. At least it shouldn't; but to many people it still does. I have plenty of opinions on the matter of discrimination, but I'm not going to detail them here. No. Instead I am sharing a song that I hope others will pass along to their friends in the hope that maybe the words will change the mind and heart of just one person.

*Steps down from soapbox*

I'm pleased with the success of Seattle's Macklemore (Ryan Lewis produces the tracks). He's quickly becoming one of my favorite MCs, and apparently I'm not alone — "The Heist" was the top album on iTunes for four days, probably helped greatly by Ellen DeGeneres' tweet. The album will easily be in my top 5 albums of the year.

I first caught wind of Macklemore this summer when I heard "Thrift Store." Just a headsup: If you haven't heard it, congratulations, you've just discovered your newest jam. Like some of my favorite movies ("Airplane!" and "Dazed and Confused") this song is packed with quotable lines, such as "Damn, that's a cold-ass honky," "Ah, he got the velcros" and "I'll take those flannel zebra jammies secondhand, I rock that muthaf*&$a."

This song speaks to me because I dressed in thrift store finds in my teens and early 20s. And the video is funny as hell. Enjoy!

What else?

If you're among the lucky ones who have tickets to the sold out Nov. 1 show in Dallas, please take pictures of the crowd. I fully expect 70 percent of the crowd will be wearin' your granddad's clothes and lookin' incredible.

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