Music

In Defense of the Low Bar: An Ode to Everclear

Kurt Cobain would not approve, but privately I wondered if there wasn’t space for a beloved burnished thing in my new and improved pop pantheon.

Aug 29, 2019
What Vin Diesel Taught Me About Singing and Sincerity

Vin closes his eyes and bares his soul, meaning each word of the song, and isn’t that the point? Vin never claimed to be a good singer.

Aug 20, 2019
How Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Hiob Cantata” Inspired Me to Become a Screenwriter

This film is an opportunity to help rescue Fanny Mendelssohn from near-obscurity; and to do the same for me.

Aug 06, 2019
Listening to Fall Out Boy on the Brink of Collapse

The release of "Infinity on High" marked the final moments of the mid-2000s, a time when collapse nested on the tongues of everyone in my universe but never made it out of their mouths.

Jun 12, 2019
As a Woman of Color, I’m Told I Can’t Show Anger—So I Let Courtney Love Do it for Me

Because it’s still more acceptable for white women than it is for women of color to show anger, I scream-sing along to Courtney Love’s rage.

Jan 22, 2019
Finding My Voice as a Filipino Through the Kundiman and Karaoke

It’s hard to negotiate how much of me is Filipino or American, but I realize this is only a question asked of me by people who seek clarity in their own definition of “American” identity.