A name is just a "dai hao"

It's time I confessed...


Paper Rival

I stole this title from a Freakonomics article. And it maybe would have fit with the reoccurring theme of my blog/travels a little better if it were in Japanese or Spanish... or English for that matter. Maybe even porpoise would have made more sense at this stage, but who's really monitoring this crap anyway.

The article says that "daoi hao" is like the Chinese term for "code name" and not necessarily something that is anchored to ones core in any personal manner. I digress in saying that "code words" or any form of "code speech" in general, at least on this end of the aisle, is an absolute confession of admiration. And that goes for just about everything you will find here in my blog, and what goes on in the daily rhythm of my unprinted life.

So what is in a name exactly? Many of my far away visitors probably wonder this often when they come across my blog titled, "Distraction is a Gift". I've even received emails asking for me to explain its meaning. But many of my seekers already know, as they routinely stumble across my blog in search of their favorite lyrics from their favorite band, Paper Rival--alas, the band that inspired the title of my blog, and the music that inspired its initial mood.

Often times I feel guilty that my blog is the first to pop up in google searches. After all, it is the title of one of Paper Rival's most popular songs and it is to them that I owe this gesture. But my hope is that its frequency gives some grand tribute to one of the most influential bands amongst their musical genre and within my playlist. A band that sadly, ceases to even exist anymore, even after conflicting name changes, their rising radio play, and their massive support from their home state, Tennessee. I have missed their exponential ability to create music unlike anything I have ever heard before. And I admire Jake Rolleston's ambition in returning back to school, but I hope that someday in the not too distant future, the members can collectively acknowledge that their impact on their fans--new and old--was something based on truth. The kind of truth that undeniably states their natural ability to put life into words and melodies, and absolutely mean it.

So my question to you is, as my honest and faithful reader... do I do this band injustice by honoring them in this way, or is it time for a blog name change?

And since they can't be found anywhere on the web, it's only fair that I include them here:

"Distraction is a Gift" lyrics

Distractions is a gift
A privilege overlooked
I wish I had one now
To take my mind away
And bury everything
To start a brand new day

All kisses until they see us
As we pass them by

CHORUS
Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose to
Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose

Distraction is a gift
A privilege overlooked
I wish I had one now
To take you somewhere else
To hide under the bed
To waste my time with you

No kisses until they see us
As we pass them by

CHORUS [x2]

No attention span
Is what I wish I had
What I wish I had
Was no attention span
No attention span
Is what I wish I had
What I wish I had
Was no attention

Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose to
Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose to
Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose to
Green eyed and headstrong
They knew what they choose

Comments

er!ca said…
Keep it in their honor...

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