On Wednesdays in my infinitesimal section of digital real estate, I share at least five things that brought me joy or gave me something to think about in the past week. For now, I’ll call this Joie Du Mercredi (Wednesday Joy):
1. The Janet Jackson documentary on Lifetime. Watching brought back a flood of great memories about her discography:
- playing the Control cassette tape non-stop, recording The Pleasure Principle from Video Music Box to my VCR and repeatedly rewinding to teach myself the choreography in the basement. I didn’t have knee pads, so I substituted my Mom’s good dish towels and secured with a rubber band. Thinking that mimicking the step she takes on the chair to tip it over, was a good idea, until it wasn’t… because my basement had a low ceiling…
- …wistfully singing Let’s Wait Awhile ad nauseum while writing in my diary (there was nothing going on in my life necessitating that 13 year old angst)…
- …going to Meijer department store in South Bend, Indiana to buy and wear out the Rhythm Nation:1814 CD my freshman year of college. If you listen to State of the World right now, you’ll see that the lyrics are still relevant in 2022.
- Walking in a fashion show to That’s The Way Love Goes from Janet during my senior year of college.
- The Best Things In Life Are Free, Runaway, Diamonds, Made for Now, Scream…the list of hits and memories are seemingly endless.
- Finally seeing the ICON Janet Damita Jo Jackson in concert for the first time in 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
2. Today is 2/2/22! Per this Yahoo!News article,… “in numerology, the 222 sequence of numbers are often referred to as Angel Numbers. Also, the number 2 in numerology references the energy of duality, partnership, relationship and balance. The key lessons when dealing with the number 2 are generally centered around compromise, acceptance, compassion, cooperation and harmony…”
3. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, India.Arie and other artists leaving Spotify in protest and standing up for their beliefs and fans following canceling Spotify Premium in support.
This is a good time to contrast the way some fans consistently support the NFL while claiming to dislike many of their actions as a league/teams (see: Brian Flores lawsuit). Do you chuck your beliefs in favor of a football game? Is the Halftime Show >>> systemic racism? How many more examples are needed to prove Maya Angelou’s quote, “when people show you who they are, believe them”, true? The NFL is under no motivation to ever change if they are still supported by fans who claim to care about these things. Backing up words with actions shouldn’t just be a move of a handful of musicians, one quarterback, safety or coach.
4. Children, by Billy Porter is my new sunshine.
5. I love a good zombie TV show or movie, and All Of Us Are Dead on Netflix delivered. I binged all twelve, one-hour episodes in a day. It reinforced my decision to learn archery (currently on pause due to the pandemic). Tip 1: In the zombie apocalypse, always aim for the head. How do people NOT know this by now?!! Tip 2: If a person is trying to bite you, run away and evaluate the situation from a distance.
Where are you finding your joy this week? Have you learned anything new or interesting? Leave feedback in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!
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