Taralei Griffin

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Feel Your Beat

People channel their emotions many different ways. For me, writing is the best, but it’s not the only way. I am not always able to wrangle my emotions enough to sit down and focus my energy on writing. That is where music comes in – especially EDM.

Whether I’m happy or sad, empowered or confused, grief-stricken or content, EDM can help me express that. We are taught to hold our emotions within, that some emotions need to be quiet – but all emotions are loud. They all affect the way the beat of your heart feels in your chest, they consume your mind and body, causing a need for a way to release them. Whether you dance to the beat, or simply listen and let the beat focus you, EDM connects what you are thinking and feeling, and allows you to let it out. After you let it out, you can enjoy the song again and again just for the joy of dancing. Continue reading

Superficial Independence

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We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

The 1996 film, Independence Day, is one of my favorite movies ever. Many people think I’m crazy when I tell them this, so I have dubbed it my “guilty pleasure” movie. I watch it at least once a year, on July 4th – and I usually end up watching it a few more times throughout the year, as well. Obviously, I was excited to hear about Independence Day: Resurgence, set 20 years after the original. I took myself to see it last weekend, and believe the 1996 version was better. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, I think it is a great comparison for the general atmosphere in the USA.
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Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard

Sunday, April 10th, 2016:
It’s the final day of the Democracy Spring march that began in Philadelphia 9 days ago. We’re going to be arriving in D.C. later that afternoon. At our morning rendezvous, one of my fellow marchers hands me his car keys.

“I want to march today, can you drive support?”

“I’d love to! Which car?”

“The Denali over there.” I glance to where he’s pointing, then do a double take and look at him like he’s crazy.

“That big truck?! I’ve never driven anything larger than a small SUV.”

“You’ll be fine. I trust you.” He pats me on the back and walks off, leaving me nervously holding the key to someone else’s very nice truck.

Okay, Tara. You can do this. You’ll be able to take it nice and slow since you’re driving along with the marchers.

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I hoist myself up into the truck, see an auxiliary cable, and instantly pull out my iPod. I put it on a dance playlist, adjust the seat and mirrors, buckle up, roll down the windows, and put the truck in drive. I very slowly pull out of the parking lot, panicking slightly when I bump a curve, but then I’m on the road. Everything is intact, and this gigantic truck is actually easy for me to maneuver. Who knew?

Prince’s 1999 starts playing, and I turn it up as I drive past the marchers, waving and cheering them on.
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Remedy

One of the most common (and odd) ways I have discovered favorite new musicians is through my obsession with Joss Whedon‘s work. I have an entire playlist in my iTunes library dedicated to music from Dollhouse. One of my favorite songs on that playlist is Remedy by Little Boots.

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An Unexpected Inferno

Tears sprang to my eyes and I threw up a little just typing that.

Tears sprang to my eyes
and I threw up a little just thinking
about Trump going any further.

Tomorrow is the most important Super Tuesday in the history of the USA.

Let’s get this out of the way – I’m sad to say it, but I fully expect Drumpf to win most of the Republican primaries and caucuses tomorrow. The fact that he is doing so well in this race is an embarrassment to our country. I’m still harboring a tiny bit of hope that his campaign is just a really terrible joke that went viral and has spun out of control, soon to crash and fade from our memories.

Phew. That’s over. Now the good news…

Anyone who knows me or has read past posts of mine knows that I sometimes feel hopelessly overwhelmed by the hypocritically conservative thinking in my current home state. One thing that’s cheering me up?

I’m positive that enough Tennessee Democrats feel the Bern for Bernie Sanders to win our state tomorrow.
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