Posted on May 6, 2010
May 6, 2010
Like the song.Have a great day.
Stay Positive by The Hold Steady
Here are the lyrics.
i’ve got a lot of old friends that’re getting back in touch
and it’s a pretty good feeling yea it feels pretty good
i get a lot of double takes when im coming round the corners
and its mostly pretty nice its mostly pretty alright
’cause most kids give me credit for being down with it
when it was back in the day back when things were way different
when the youth of today and the early seven seconds
taught me some of lifes most valuable lessons
there’s gonna come a time when the scene’ll seem less sunny
it’ll probably get druggy and the kids’ll seem to skinny
there’s gonna come a time when shes gonna have to go
with whoevers gonna get her the highest
there’s gonna come a time when the true scene leaders
forget where they differ and get big picture
cause the kids at their shows, they’ll have kids of their own
the sing-a-long songs’ll be our scriptures
we gotta stay positive
we gotta stay positive
we gotta stay positive
we gotta stay positive
when the chaperone crowned us the king and the queen
i knew that we’d arrived at a unified scene
and all those little lambs from my dreams
well they were there too
cause its one thing to start it with a positive jam
and its another thing to see it all through
and we couldn’t of even done this if it wasn’t for you
we gotta stay positive
we gotta stay positive
we gotta stay positive
Cool video great message!
I watched you on VH1 and always thought you were a very intelligent, insightful, and articulate person. I think it takes an incredible amount of courage and insight to make the kind of changes you’re trying to make. I’ve learned a lot from your experiences, hope you continue to make good use of them, and encourage you to continue searching for yourself and your muse–whatever it may be. Good luck.
cool video with a good message.
Good Song! Thanks for sharing it!… buuuut it still doesn’t compare to reading your words Jennie K!
Great tune. Thanks for that.
In a not wholly unrelated vein…
“Wild Geese” – by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
I had never heard of The Hold Steady so I did a google search (what would the internet be without google haha) and I saw they were performing last night in LA did you by change go see them if you did that must have been pretty cool… I still think it’s a cool video and great message.
Jennie, Nice song good message. So you made it a month, so I said I would if you did, so I am. This for me is day 1. I think I am more a pen chewer than a straw person, however per your suggestion doing the patch and lozenges. I am defiantly not into that anything you can do I can do better crap. I am just going to do my very best to maintain the schedule and follow the instructions. This is a big thing for me. Yesterday my kids had fun burning a half carton of smokes. Told some guys at work and you know how it is, destroying perfectly good smokes is just short of burning the flag. Well, if it’s not good for me it’s not good for anybody right. I am also rereading and spell checking this thing before I post it. Thank God for microsoft word spelling and grammar fixer. I know you probably don’t care how it reads, but I don’t have to sound like a hick even if I am one. Ok so I stopped smoking and I am trying to write better. Yeah my wife is loving you. So what is the next thing you going to change? The way I eat? Well you first. Good luck and keep at it; we are in this together now.
hahahahha I LOVE IT!!!! day 1-3 were murder for me. Just trying to find something to do with my hands. Good thing its the weekend, you can just hang with the kids. Go for walks. Snuggle wifey. Eat fruit. Deep breathing. I forget to breathe and never realized the only time I take deep breaths is when I smoke. So that helps too. The next thing that will change? hmmmm…. well, quitting smoking will change enough for now. I’ve noticed changes most in my skin, my hair, the wrinkles in my forehead… smell and taste are only starting to change now. Here we go. You’re gonna hate/love this.
They say it takes 21 solid days of doing something to create a habit. So first three weeks are a bit gnarley. It’s getting easier to say no. Craving still there. Thank god for lozenges and patches. 21mg patch through the day, pop a lozenge for super bad cravings. You can do it. I know you can.
Yup. We are definitely in this together. Send the wife my love. Congrats. This is a big day.
Desperate… desperate to find a coffee shop in the city. Desperate to, to, …. Oh Oh Oh. what the… +++ don’t touch that thing you’ll get a Oh, Oh, Oh. Can we listen to that song by Nicki while I type. Or that song about NY.
There was more. There was so much I wanted to say. Everyday I don’t know why. Those TV shows. I only ever watch one. But then one day wow. But I know now. I know more. Not about anything though it seems. Too lasy, all I care about is my juice, squirts, baths, and all the money I make is for me. I mean what the &*&*
ok, remain positive. How. How do you remain positive. What, the smells, the sights, the tastes ( grape juice )
Desperate to find a connection to send a message. Not one that bounces off the moon. No, one from my Sahara. Just a little message, like the little happy face to the left… about being neutral and getting waves of positive stuff…
it’s all good, Jennie.
But you know the nervous system of your body has two systems of neural integration, one that you control, and one your body controls. So it’s not good to think about breathing so much because it’s supposed to be automatic, just trust your body to breathe normally without thinking about it, and don’t try to control it. Unless you want to breathe heavey, or shallow for some reason, but otherwise the nervous system will respond just fine, mostly… Just control it during yoga standing, not laying down.
Nikki + Rich
If you like this song, I’d recommend Franz Nicolay’s solo album “Major General”. Up until a few months ago, he was the keyboard player for The Hold Steady. His album is awesome, and he has the greatest mustache in the music business. This video is a little seizure-inducing, but a great song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8UIKHA__Rg
“This world is an open door / I’m waiting for you to come in”
Ah the kids all love Hold Steady. Ironically I dl’ed their new stuff for one of my friends the other day.
Personally I find them a lot like many of the other hipster bands in that they depress me a little. I tend to lean more toward MGMT if I’m going that way.
Lately I’ve been going old school and digging up Zevon, his masterpiece Carmelita for example.
In a way it’s sad we don’t see muscians develop like we used to. In the old days, and this would apply to rap also, an artist would come out and you could enjoy watching them develop through the years. Now, a band maybe goes two to three albums before disappearing. This is of course a generalization but it’s true more times than not. It’s sad because when music transcends generations it tends to also connect them. The Dead were a great example of this. Holy Cow do I miss going to Dead shows. They used to play Auburn Hills in the early 90s around the beginning of August every year which was also Jerry’s B-Day. The crowd was comprised of every age group imaginable.
May 7, 2010
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out a documentary called “It Might Get Loud”….
Talk about connecting generations through an electric guitar. So. Cool.
Great post but, I miss your words. 😦
Check out this video on UTube called Adorable Puppies if nothing else it may help to lighten the load.
BTW if you are still looking for a good bio/memoir to read check out “I Wonder as I Wander”, by Langston Hughes.
You never own it until you’ve earned it, you can do this!
I just spanked it to one of your porn vids!
Awesome song 🙂 Love the message!
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this band live, but if you get a chance, I’d highly recommend it. Even though Franz Nicolay (the keyboard player) has left the band, and he was a true joy to watch perform, they are still a great live band. You can see that they’re all just loving being up on stage.
I saw them wednesday night…. that’s why I couldn’t help but post one of their video. They. Are. AWESOME.
I just saw Franz on his solo tour a few weeks ago and it was a really fantastic show. It was completely different than a Hold Steady show (not just because it was one guy alternating between guitar, accordion, and banjo), but he is definitely someone who understands the joy of live music.
I just wanted to say I think you are very beautiful.
There is a saying. Not like now, at the end of the day, in the evening when it is quiet, because I get quiet, and listen to the wind and the waves. It’s all I hear, and sometimes I wish I heard more. I wonder if what I say is good. I wonder. Tomorrow maybe. Maybe tomorrow…
There was so much I wanted to say, in a different way. Somethings there are no words to describe it. So far away.
Love You !!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 8, 2010
Sorry, I just can’t get behind this right now.
Positive thinking gave us Raygun, 41 and 43.
Positive thinking sent us into the 3 trillion dollar war in Iraq.
Positive thinking gave us Three Mile Island, “Remember the Maine”, Pearl Harbor and BP’s big ‘leak’.
Positive Thinking gave us Bush v. Gore and 9/11.
I’m afraid right now I have to go with “What can go wrong and how do we prevent it”.
I guess it’s watching my brother in law die of cancer in the same way my wife did.
That and my adult son killing himself on speed.
Sorry I’m a bummer today
May 9, 2010
Everyone has bummer days. I’m sorry you are going through a tough time with your brother in law… but you are very blessed to be able to be there with him in this trying period. It’s no consolation, but for him, I’m sure it means the world.
Jennie..have you heard anything by The National at all? Their last three albums (including the one just relased) are just gorgeous, timeless things. And they make you work to get the rewards from them. But once you do, they can be life-changing.
Hello, I was thinking about something I read. I recently was reading on twitter past posts of KDN13, she posted, “I think Jeff Goldblum would be good in bed. Yep. 3:49 PM Apr 26th via web“, which started a thread of tweets about Jeff Goldblum, which frankly I found disturbing. However one of them talked about Jurassic Park and the Helen Hunt Helicopter ride and chaos theory. So its starts me on wondering what is chaos theory. Well after reading a little I realize, your small harmless acts of vandalism to make the world more beautiful one butterfly sticker at a time, you really are changing the world one butterfly at a time. This is actually called the butterfly effect, and is part of chaos theory. One minor seemingly insignificant change can have over time dramatic global effects. This was new and neat to me and just wanted to share. I mean I have seen the movies and read the short story, but to be here at the beginning of a global change, incredible. Change one person even a little and you change the world. Thank you for making the world a better place, one butterfly at a time.
Have a glorious day.
🙂 heh heh… I was waiting for someone to link the two….
I’m sorry I said Helen Hunt, I meant Laura Dern. Please forgive me. Maybe it was my subconscience talking for me. I have always liked Helen better than Laura. There I said it, it out there now, I’m not sorry I said it either. Miss Jennifer have yourself a fantastic day.
it’s snowing… in TO, somewhere, I’m not quite sure, but I bought a new coffee cup. The last blizzard was in the north. Hmmm glad it lasted couple seconds, I wonder if it will last forever. I wonder sometimes, because …
Because the kitchen, the time, the everything, changed. don’t know. it’s all in the timing, the change(s.)
What changes. The words?
Twirling in the kitchen, was before. But then there was Jennie. And everything changed, because its so…
Your younger, you see me.
What 4:20 AM road was that, all suited up for a gumball from the northern desert, all new. Coin… Stars.
When you are older, like me, follow the coarse… maybe you’ll see what I see
At night when it’s dark, travelling what does it matter what sections, or time does it matter.
Want to build pyramids…. with me?
Hey there Jennifer… I have struggled with porn addiction off an on since I was probably 13 and discovered my dad’s hard core porn stash. I swore it off once and for all about 7 months ago and have been absolutely clean (no relapses) since. I watched the entire season of your transformation this weekend, and what I originally thought was going to be typical voyeuristic reality TV garbage — a visual glucose high for the mind — was anything and everything but.
Previously, I always had my own perceptions of the porn stars I used to watch obsessively: Vacant, broken, detritus, stupid, damaged, lacking intelligence, immoral… But then I realized one day, as a consumer of porn, what does that make me? Oops! Shame on me… It makes me just as bad — far worse actually.
That and a desire to live genuinely – to fully experience the good and the bad, to live fully and openly, finally gave me the forward momentum to stop.
Your transformation (and doing it for the world to see no less!) is one of the most courageously awesome things I have ever witnessed. It puts the truth to the phrase that “your sickness is only as great as your secrets.”
More importantly, I am absolutely blown away at your intelligence… My God you are smart — your emotional intelligence and empathetic intelligence are off the charts. Your writing is beautiful — as prose-like and profound as some of the very best authors. Your artwork is spellbinding. Your willingness to constantly get outside your comfort zone and risk is truly inspirational. Your insights and observations are profound and deeply thought-provoking.
When you have your “very, very bad days”, please re-read this, because when I have mine, I will definitely be thinking of you and the example you are setting for me.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you will go very, very far in life. Much, much, much respect.
Wow what a day. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
The best way Jennie, to remain positive is to let youself be a mirror to the negative energy, and really then you can be positive, and feel it. It’s calming to visualize that you are a being with a certain space about you ( they say it is at arms length, your aura ) and if you visualize your whole aura as a mirrored sphere, with a unique attachment to the earth and ultimately a strand that reaches far into the stars. ( visualized as a string to the stars, as is the neutral strand to earth )
Can you just release negative energy into space. ( you know into the ether ) Can it be possible to remain so positive. To heal yourself…
chaos at it’s best, but Jennie, what if we were influenced by old dark matter that we rub against in the ether as our universe travels. We are moving right? Or have moved. If we move through space, what are we moving through? I hope it’s clean, and not too chaotic…
So what would your aura look like all bright and shiny, all positive and beaming. aura unique.
Could you become so neutral, and reject anything negative, that you slip into complete positivity… Being positive about positiveness.
Not everyday though… Somedays it’s still good to be grumpy and throw shit. Lets people know your boundaries…
May 10, 2010
Not usually the sort of stuff I listen to, but this has been stuck in my head since you posted it.
Digging the hell out of the guitar.
Just caught wind of your story and I’m quite
impressed. Even more impressed with your
writing – you definitely have a great
relationship with words. I always thought it
was a shame Frank McCourt waited so late in
life to share his gift. So, thanks, for
having no patience.
Anyway, the reason I decided to post a
comment: The Hold Steady. I stumbled upon your
blog about a week-and-a-half ago, liked what I
read and continued to peruse. Then I clicked
and saw the video. Fuck Yeah! Jesus Christ, I
thought, this chick is fighting the good fight
and she’s into solid rock n roll bands? Good
god, man! Craig Finn, the front man of that
solid rock n roll band, grew up a couple towns
away from me, in Edina, Minnesota. He and Tad
Kubler, guitar player for that solid band,
played together in Lifter Puller, a band based
out of the Twin Cities. Minnesota has put some
good ones out there: Dylan, The Replacements,
Husker Du, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks, Prince,
Suicide Commandos, etc. Maybe it’s time I stop
trying to raise the collective self-esteem of
this decent but cold, and often times humid,
northern state. I just like talking the tunes
and wanted to say your tale inspires people.
Kind of like a solid rock n roll band.
July 9, 2010
Jeff, great comment. I am late to this blog unfortunately. But I agree with your sentiment on music and Jennie’s writing. The fact that you mention the good ole Minneapolis days is great. The sincerity in the likes of Paul Westerberg and Bob Mould resonates in honest writing. I am sure you would agree based on your taste, and Jennie, you too, that there is inspiration in bad decisions, heartbreak, and foolishness. I paraphrase Bob Mould, “Everyone has their own songs in their heads, trouble is expressing them to others.” Take care.
May 13, 2010
Started checking this thing out after I saw you on the whole Sober House deal my ‘rents were watching. Read through most of the blog at work(overnights) to pass the time and it was very engaging. The things you write about actually seem to inspire, and at least make me think about situations in a different light, even though Ive never struggled with those type of addictions. Anyways, I saw the Hold Steady 5 years ago opening for The Get Up Kids and wasn’t too impressed. Although I was thinking about re-checking up on them.
Recently I got the newest album by a band called The Wonder Years. They’re a pop-punk band. The record is called “The Upsides” and almost all the songs are about being down, and coming out of a bad place. I’d suggest checking it out, it seems like there was some correllation between what the songs are about, and the steps you’ve taken to find the Upsides haha.(a reoccuring line is “I’m not even sad anymore”)
In any case keep writing, it’s really good. Good luck on the book too.
June 1, 2010
good tune, im into hip hop but i like any music when the message comes correct. much respect to you Jennie, im turning my life around at the moment, 25 years old, been off the rails since 15, time to chill and create!! good luck with your book!!!
Great art, great blog, and great taste in music. Jennie, I am so pleased I stumbled across your work and vision for the future. I suggest to you, look up Husker Du “Warehouse” linear notes. You will love the story and the band as well.
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