The Weekly Bleat: Barn Dance
Farmguy and I have a running joke that we should install a disco ball and strobe lights in our barn. This is due to my disappearance for long periods, during which time, I’m supposed to be taking care of farm chores. You see, we have a radio in the barn to keep the barn cats company. And, sometimes while I’m feeding sheep or cleaning the kitty rooms, a really good song, or two, will play on the radio. I love to dance, and simply can’t help myself when I hear good music. So, very often, I end up adding a few extra minutes to my chore routine by twirling and grooving around the barn to awesome tunes. Thankfully, the sheep and cats don’t seem to mind.
The other day when I was
dancing in the barn, ahem, doing farm chores, I heard a fun song called “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by a group called Cake. At first, I liked it for its rhythm and attitude. It also had some colorful and snappy lyrics, full of hyperbole and metaphors; however, the closer I listened to the lyrics, the more I noticed irony and sarcasm. After finishing my chores, I kept thinking about the song and its unusual title and lyrics. My antenna went up, partially, because I graduated from a women’s college. And, I’m probably a little more sensitive to the subject matter, having completed a few women’s studies courses in college. So, I decided to do a little looking to find out more about the song’s underlying meaning. In my search for more information behind the meaning of the music, I found an article by a blog called the Religiously Sanctioned Co-Habitation Chronicles. The author highlights the lyrics that, in his opinion, reflect the “double standard placed on women in a post-feminist world, detailing the pull of career as well as the pull of domesticity.” All in all, it was a thought-provoking post.
Here’s the thing: Who says dancing in the barn is a waste of time? Sometimes, a good musical uplift can lead to something interesting! 😉
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