March 12

#MondayMorningMusic – Burning Inside by Ministry

By Selbymay (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I’ve only seen Ministry twice in my life – once at the former West Palm Beach Auditorium (aka the leaky teepee – now known as the West Palm Beach Christian Convention Center, owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses), where Al Jourgensen (I encourage you to click on his name, pop on over to Wikipedia, and check out the info that’s there – super interesting) tweaked the lyrics to “Stigmata” and sang something about choking a chicken (I know I wasn’t the only person to hear this as I asked the person I was at the show with – we had a good laugh about it) and at the 1992 Lollapalooza.

I drove down south (I think it was in Miami – it was so long ago, and I can’t remember) with friends and met up with other friends, back when all we ever seemed to do was go to shows. By the time Ministry ended their set (I do believe they were the last to go on) I could barely move. I’d spent all day out in the hot Florida sun, packed in various seas of people, dancing, and having a grand old time. It was dark by the time we left. One of those all-day affairs. Snapple was in then, and I sucked down as many of those as I could. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t end up with heatstroke or a sunburn (I’m about a pale as can be) – or broke from buying all the Snapple! 🙂

Anyway, in the spirit of the good, old days – of friends who used to be the end all to be all, and who you lost touch with years ago, I give you Ministry’s “So What”.

It seems apropos, all things considered.

Happy Monday!

October 30

#MondayMorningMusic – Every Day is Halloween by Ministry

So, quick post today – mostly because I was out most of the afternoon doing Trick or Treating with the nieces and a nephew (the other nephew missed it this year, unfortunately, but next year I have no doubt he’ll be front and center).

I absolutely adore my nieces and nephews beyond measure, and they always, always set the world to rights, now matter what else is going on or how crappy I’ve felt or how bad of a mood I’ve been in. There’s just something about the hugs and kisses from the littles who haven’t yet been jaded by the shit life sometimes throws at you. Seeing the world through eyes that experience everything around them as new is the ultimate panacea for what ails.

Like the wee ones now, one of the go-to songs back in the day when I was feeling rather angsty and particularly outcasty was Ministry’s “Every Day is Halloween”. I hadn’t listened to the song in years, and stumbled across it today while doing something else.

If nothing else, ’tis the season. 🙂

Happy Halloween, y’all. What’s everyone dressing up as this year?

As a bonus, I fell over this cover version by Endless Sunder… what do you think? Worthy of the original?