Today, May 14th, would have been my mom’s 52nd birthday. Today I’m also participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in honor of my mom’s battle against cancer. My good friend/roommate Adri is supporting me at this event, and our RFL’s team name is Infinity and Beyond. Here’s why.
2015 was a tumultuous year, personally, but at least I had music, wrestling, and pop culture to keep me busy. From Seth Rollins cashing in at WrestleMania to Coheed and Cambria’s perfect new album to marriage equality, here are a few of my favorite things from 2015.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s EMOTION
I really really really really really really loved this album. (Sorry. Had to.) Jepsen provided THE pop album of the year. With tunes such as the stupendous LA Hallucinations and the poignant Black Heart, EMOTION is undoubtedly the blueprint for future pop albums to follow.
What makes EMOTION different from all other pop albums released this year? Its heart. Jepsen manages to intertwine realistic love stories with heartbreaking lyrics and bouncy beats; it’s pure, ravishing magic.
Mom was playing Solitaire on our old computer while I listened to music, which was one of our favorite ways to spend time together. At that time, I was utterly obsessed with “So Long, Astoria,” an album by The Ataris that had plenty of relatable songs for me to devour.
“This one reminds me of you,” I told her, turning the volume up as the first notes started playing.
Mom smiled, eyes still on the screen. “What is it about? What’s the name?”
“It’s called ‘The Hero Dies in This One,’” I said, holding the CD case up. “And I don’t know, some lines just remind me of you.”
She listened to it with me, her hand hovering over the mouse, not playing anymore. When the song ended, she smiled again, and looked at me.
“I also love you more than you will ever know,” she said. Then chuckled, and added: “Loser.”