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Lorde: A welcome voice for a rising generation

You should probably listen to the song above first so that we’re on the same page in this post. I’m sure you’ve heard songs from Lorde by now. I’m very late to this party. I purposely put off listening to her album because  knew I would love it and I’m still so wrapped up in my Lana Del Rey love affair. But damn, this teenager has depth and talent. Her music and lyrics are so evoking that my filmmaker mind is working overtime trying to think of ways to bring these emotions to life. It’s exactly what really, really good music is supposed to do. To me, anyway.

I think each generation has something new to say and finds ways to express it. It’s a little mind-boggling that I’m no longer part of the ‘newest’ generation. So like all old farts I naturally think the younger generation is frivolous and tuned into all the wrong things. Like cellphones and bottom of the barrel celebrities. Gah. Because I was so worldly and confident at sixteen, right? Anyhow, Lorde is a seventeen year old girl from New Zealand who hit it big this summer with her song ‘Royals‘. Which is a catchy song about not being able to live the life style of celebrities but not really wanting it anyway.

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‘Buzzcut Season’ is my personal highlight from her album Pure Heroine. It’s hauntingly catchy and it sets the tone for the rest of the album. And the lyrics, man. It’s been a long time since someone was able to sum up an entire generation, the good and the bad, the trauma, the challenges and the escape in four simple lines.

explosions on TV
and all the girls with heads inside a dream
so now we live beside the pool
where everything is good

Am I the only one who is obsessed with pools? I think they are the prettiest thing in the world. The shade of blue turquoise is so dreamy – like if something so perfect can exist the world can’t be all that bad. You can swim in it, cool off in it and just look at it. To me it’s the greatest measure of luxury. I mean, it makes sense. If you can afford a private pool, your life has to be pretty comfortable. When I was little I would spend all year dreaming of summer and family vacation when we got to stay at hotels with pools. I dug graves in the sand box, filled them with water only to watch it disappear immediately, until I learned I had to line them with plastic sheets. Still, not surprisingly, I never22a1-14 achieved any shade of blue. At 12 my parents took us to the Greek island of Rhodos and I spent most of the 14 days we stayed at a luxury family resort at their pool. My mom would get so frustrated, “The Mediterranean is right there, warm and amazing,  and you spend all your time in this chlorinated pool!”

So my own personal obsession with pools notwithstanding, it’s a brilliant summary of this new, high-tech social media based generation. In a society which thrives on selling fear and old men in suits making all the real decisions – more wars, economic collapse and destruction of the planet for profits – is it any wonder that teenagers choose to live inside their phones posting pictures to no one in particular of their lives filled with ‘handcrafted’ cups of takeaway coffee, designer clothes, cute dogs and sparkling blue pools.

I think every generation has their battles, rebellions and victories but overall it takes a long time for things to really change. I try to remind myself of the battles that have been fought and won before, that at the time seemed impossible, but now seem like common sense. Slavery and women’s right being two huge ones. But these battles aren’t even over, are they? Over 20 million people in actual slavery and hundreds of millions more trapped in poverty and readily pawns to be abused by a capitalistic system. Women’s rights are constantly being repressed in religious fundamentalist countries as well as the USA. Yet I feel like the major battle going on right now is so big, so daunting and against such impossible odds. The destruction of life on the planet itself. For capitalistic gain for the few, for a life of comfort for the rest of us. But it’s not even working. The insanity of it all is catching up to us. Never mind extreme weather, how about the death of the ocean?

So the previous generations, my generation and the new generations we all have to come together and make some changes quickly this time. As comfortable as the pool is, it’s time to get out.

ThailandPoolthe men up on the news
they try to tell us
all that we will lose

but it’s so easy in this blue
where everything is good

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