June 25th, 2016

Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

'I loved my Mom.  She was the smartest and funniest and most interesting people I'd ever known.  But growing up with her had never been normal.  My first memory in life was flying with her to San Francisco in 1968.  My father was dead, I was almost three years old and my mom had just become a hippie [...] I discovered that I had another mom: absent mom, a twenty-four-year-old aspiring hippie.  It was the Summer of Love and she had let her blonde, preppy shoulder-length hair grow long and wild' (p.367).

'Growing up I never knew what I would get, my smart-and-funny-mom or my sullen-and-vitriolic mom' (p.369).

Moby: Porcelain

Moby: Porcelain (Auto Biography) - The Finale

Moby's reflections on his mom (I believe) had been the reason Play had been created.  Cut up about her death, he eventually caves whilst working on the music and it seems to have been cathartic for him. He is aware that he is not grieving as he should, because of his conflicted feelings about her and how he grew up; 'I wasn't grieving my loss'(p.391).  Eventually, he does grieve for her - not himself and changes from bratty techno up-his-own-ass wondernerd to human being in one fail swoop.
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The autobiography ends with the launching of his mega album to date, namely Play.  I don't think he should have ended the biography there - he should have expanded the reasoning behind Play, the idea of licencing and marketing those tracks, which, in turn became a critical success.  I specifically remember The Sky Is Broken on my favourite X-File episode ever - "all things" written and directed by Gillian Anderson herself.

Score - a cagey 4 out of 5 stars.  If Moby had edited some of the small incidental yakkety yak,using a certain amount of reflection instead and ended the bio by riding the crest of the Play wave,  then I would have definitely awarded it the full five stars.

I do think it is worth reading and I think it will remain on my bookshelf a fair while.

"Et Tu, Boris?"

Well, it has been just over 24 hours since the massive Brexit shock and the country is still reeling.  Even if this is meant to be a weekend, it is worrying that there is a clear ABSENCE of leadership at the moment.  Dave's licking his wounds, knowing that he has gone down in history as the Worst Prime Minister in a Hundred Years.  Boris is uncharacteristically playing everything in minor key, with a very confusing message in regards to our position in Europe.  Boris - can we still truly be called European after all this? You might be right but this is not the time and place to argue semantics. Plus, Farage is furious because he's suddenly found out that he's persona non grata and therefore not invited to the Cross Party Committee that is supposedly leading Britain out of the EU. Quite extrodinary, given the man's place within the campaign. IMO, they are using him as the figurehead of mass xenophobia, an 'everyman's' slightly more acceptable version of Nick Griffin.  Theoretically, if Farage has been the signifier of crass racism within the campaign, then it looks like the Brexit camp are forcing him* to fall on his very jaded sword.

"Et tu, Boris?" cried both Cameron and Farage (but for very different reasons).

Regardless of my own political position (currently fence-sitting, albeit with splinters in my bum), there is one thing for sure. Sources from various accountancy factions have maintained that most of the key business corporations (although in turmoil) HAD planned for this and contingency measures WERE in place for in/out/shake it all about - best and worst case scenarios.  The banks had planned for this, too - expecting problems from the stock market/sterling/shares and planned accordingly.  The only people who seem to be a bit in freefall, are the general public and to some extent, the Government <---- which disturbs me.  If we were really so neck and neck in this race, why are the political factions so reticent and confused at the moment? Why isn't there any PROPER spokesmen (Cameron, I am looking at YOU - you haven't gone JUST yet) trying to calm the troubled waters?

Where are the grown ups in this situation?

* note - I have never have been nor will ever be a supporter of Nigel Farage, or his politics.