Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight
In the words of Billy Joel, sometimes a fantasy is all you need. A night to dress up and throw your cares down. Your connection to one another relies heavily on what’s on the outside with a lingering respect for what’s on the inside. Sometimes you just want to fill a need. You welcome a touch. Crave a caring stare. A hand to hold. A cheek to brush up against. No shame in that. It’s just a fantasy, remember? It’s not the real thing. Is it?
[Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Perfect Skin” Rattlesnakes, 1984]
Song for the Soundtrack of Your No Date Tonight
There’re those people that are impossibly hard to get through to. The thickest mortar. Crumbling in parts, troweled smooth in others. You’re not fooled by the smooth, but you’re drawn to the crumbled parts. The parts that prevent you from entering. And that’s all you want to do. Maybe you just want to enter so you can tweet you did it. Maybe you can text your friends you won a small dating victory. You finally found the soft spot behind the mortar. The Promised Land. Why’d you want to get there so badly? Dig out or dig in. Decide.
[Florence + the Machine, “Heavy in Your Arms” Lungs, 2011]