Well, I never claim to understand what happens after dark/But my fingers catch the sparks at the thought of touching you.
While racking my brain for the perfect blog title, I kept coming to Third Eye Blind lyrics. Most people forgot the band as soon as the ’90s ended, and are only occasionally reminded of their existence when they hear “Semi-Charmed Life” on the radio. Not me. Twelve years later, 3eb is still one of my favorites.
Maybe it’s because their self-titled debut was the first album I ever bought, or because I associate their music with some of the best years of my life. But for better or worse, and as cheesy or embarrassing as this may sound, nostalgia has woven 3eb into the fabric of my being, and their melodies and lyrics, both past and present, are an integral part of who I am.
Despite my early ambitions to become a music critic, I still don’t think I’m particularly skilled at describing a song’s meaning. I know how it makes me feel, and that I enjoy the juxtaposition of certain words and phrases. And that’s really all I can say about the song that inspired Catch the Sparks, “Wounded.”
If I apply it to this blog, I could say that I thought of this title and concept after dark; that writing, my life’s passion, makes my fingers spark as I type fervently (and poorly); that I don’t fully understand yet just what I’m trying to say or do, but I’ll get there.
Maybe it’s a stretch. But it’s a cool name, yeah?
Catch the Sparks is my outlet for the random ramblings rumbling around in my head, and a way for me to stay sharp — and sane — as I navigate the murky waters known as The Job Hunt*. I’ll write about things that strike my fancy, including music, movies, TV, books, art, random YouTube videos, Nessie, cheap wine, and jokes that are far beneath my maturity level (at least, that’s what I tell myself).
If there’s something you think I should be writing about, let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for those of you who are here purely for procrastination’s sake, I bid you welcome. You’re what makes the blogosphere go ’round.
*Update 3/10/11: While no longer being written while searching for gainful employment, this blog will still hopefully be an outlet for all those things mentioned above. Just because I’m working in journalism doesn’t mean I don’t suddenly lack the desire to write in my spare time. It almost makes me want to do it more, actually. What can I say. I’m a sucker for shitty typing skills and fumbling toward coherence. Enjoy the ride.