a stream of consciousness rant formed whilst over-hearing co-workers complaining about the grammys

There’s a casual dexterity to which I sometimes overhear complaints about the mildness of winters these days in the same breath used to disregard the younger generation as if the effects of climate change are something so sudden and incomprehensible to them as a musical trend.

Yes, people wear plaid these days but in case you forgot the seventies it’s all part of a continuum in a way you don’t like to think about because it forces you to realize this pattern started several millenia before there were water coolers to bitch around.

Please don’t nostalgically reminisce about Billy Joel and hum a few lines of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and then complain about pop stars these days using sex to sell music because you follow that statement up with praise for Katy Perry as “wholesome” and disdain for Lorde as “too gothic.”

The Grammy’s haven’t been relevant for years, but irony is just so in vogue these days.

Author: Ashleigh Rajala

Ashleigh Rajala is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print. She is passionate about using story-telling to build community in Surrey BC, where she lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.

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