[Inspired by this. Inspired by Quizilla. Inspired by the band t-shirts you won't throw away but also will never wear again. Inspired by my deceased guinea pig, Orion.]
Drake: You’re uncomfortably familiar with the sound of your phone going off, of you knocking over bottles of Jones Soda to get to it while reaching around your bean bag, only to find that instead of a text, you got an email from your bank. Overdraft notice.
The National: You have a small photo or receipt for something you bought a lover that you keep folded in your wallet, and you never look for it but you always know it’s there. Sometimes, while searching for change or hurriedly trying to pull out your bus pass, you drag it out, wondering how much time has to go by before it gets any less painful to look at.
Arcade Fire: It’s been your goal, ever since you can remember, to find a group where you feel like you belong. It’s taken years and several moves, but now, finally, you’ve done it. Sometimes, on particularly emotional nights you wonder if you could’ve been more, if you could have drank less and worked on that screenplay, if you would have been better off not seeking the validation of others.
James Blake: You’re so in love with flowers that sometimes you take one out of your neighbor’s garden when you know she’s picking up her kids from soccer practice. You put the flower in a vase but, when it begins to wilt a week later, you become destitute. Walking outside, you see the rest of your neighbor’s flowers are thriving. You come to the conclusion that all beauty dies, but you are the catalyst.
Mogwai: Every relationship you’ve ever been in has been a slow-burn, be it with longterm friends or lovers. You’ve learned that the great crescendo that you’ve come to expect doesn’t occur with a fight or a dramatic exit, but with a steady, heartbreaking progression that finally reaches a level that you can’t ignore.
Lykke Li: When you were younger you would bounce between worshipping those that you looked up to and your own narcissistic tendencies. Since then, you’ve made peace between the two and can admire others without letting that reflect on how you feel about yourself.
YACHT: You’ve had to answer to a couple of noise complaints, stepping outside in your OHIO IS FOR LOVERS t-shirt, one hand pressed to your chest while the other gesticulates indoors, where your brother-in-law is still playing Rock Band.
Juicy J: Your mom sometimes calls you while you’re at work, and you feel bad because, in between the time you can’t answer and the time you can, you forget about the call. Days later, while you’re out for drinks with a friend, you remember again. It’s past eleven, and your mom is asleep.
Telekinesis!: You used to make forts out of sheets and the chairs in the dining room, but the forts would never stay up after a few hours, and with every reapplication of the sheets over the backs of the chairs, you waited for the inevitable crash that would disrupt you.
Yeasayer: By your friends, you are considered the positive one, which has endeared you to many but left you feeling as though you’ll never truly find your own confidant and support system.
Kid Cudi: You’re holding a new pair of expensive pants that you recently bought, and you’re in the in-between stages of regretting the money you wasted and celebrating the things you believe that you deserve. After some reconsideration the pants don’t fit quite correctly, but you’ve lost the receipt and you’re not sure if you could even do better, anyways.
Taylor Swift: You’ve always had a feeling that you couldn’t quite support that people write you off without knowing what you’re capable of. This has always been at the center of your attention, the most focused you’ve ever been on a perceived slight.
Sky Ferreira: You tried an illegal drug and you found that it had little effect on you. You’re both surprised because of your preconceived notions and also because, deep down, you were hoping for relief.
Chelsea Wolfe: Years ago you moved away from your hometown, and no matter how much you have accomplished you still knock your knees together and take deep breaths upon your return.
Lady Gaga: Your housewarming party started half an hour ago and you’re worried that nobody will come, even though you are aware that it is uncouth for them to show up this early. The five bottles of wine you bought look appealing, and will perhaps become your consolation prize.