Archive for January, 2010
Corinne Bailey Rae, an English literature graduate with a love of Alice Walker and Margaret Atwood, is talking about words, lyrics and punctuation. Her songs, she says, are an expression of her ‘unfettered self’.
…From the age of 15 she played the guitar and sang in an all-girl indie grunge band called Helen. Their first ‘proper’ gig was at the Duchess of York pub in Leeds in 1996. Her desire to make a go of the band was behind her decision to study at the University of Leeds. She had applied to Balliol College, Oxford, and achieved the necessary four As at A-level, but didn’t get in. She wasn’t hugely disappointed: she had found the Oxford interview process ‘quite alienating. There weren’t many people from my experiences. I didn’t meet any working-class people, I didn’t meet any black people.’
Bailey Rae grew up listening to all kinds of music. Her mother, from Yorkshire, and her father, who had moved from St Kitts in the Caribbean in his late teens, had a collection of Stax and Motown singles (they divorced when Bailey Rae was 12). The progressively minded youth leader at her church introduced her to Björk and the Cocteau Twins: music that he felt was ‘kinda trippy, a bit cerebral, a bit spiritual’. As a result of her mixed race – she dislikes the term but accepts that most people understand it (for a long time, if forced to describe her ethnicity, she preferred to say ‘brown’) – it has always been important to her to embrace all kinds of musical genres. She hates the notion that suggests that ‘Oh, black people only like R&B…
I don’t only like R&B,’ she says. ‘I always love in life when you see people acting in a way that is true and genuine to them but doesn’t fit into the perceived notion of how they would respond to something.’
On Sept. 3, 1967, every car in Sweden came to a stop at 4:50 a.m., carefully switched from the left side of the road to the right, and proceeded at 5 a.m.
The whole nation switched to right-hand traffic overnight. And to the planners’ immense credit, no fatal accidents were associated with the change, and accident rates went down in the year that followed.
Kids know and they warn you.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
- Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
- Kirsten, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
- Camille, age 10
No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
- Freddie, age 6
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
- Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.
- Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
- Linette, age 8
On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
- Martin, age 10
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
- Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich.
- Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
- Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
- Howard, age 8
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.
- Theodore, age 8
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
- Anita, age 9
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
- Kelvin, age 8
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.
- Rick, age 10