I’m pretty sure Jack Black and Kyle Glass’s “Pick of Destiny” was devised as an explanation for “Tribute.” Making it the movie-length tribute to “Tribute,” which is a tribute to The Greatest Song in the World.
And for that, and so much more, I love Tenacious D.
My sister’s music collection has always been superior to mine (and a lot bigger) and I believe it was she that downloaded “Tribute” on the suggestion of her then boyfriend Jade, who played in some rock band at the time. I think I was in 6th grade, and I thought it was hilarious. Later, as in a couple of years later, I downloaded “Wonderboy,” the hilarious drive-thru track, the ridiculously crass and kind of uncomfortable “F— Her Gently” (you know you want to hear that—but don’t actually watch the video), and even now I’m pretty sure I have the “Friendship” song on my iTunes.
It was always hilarious to me, but stuff that ridiculous is really more fun when you can enjoy it with others. So, I was happy when everyone else (yeah, I’m going to go ahead and assert the claim that I discovered them first) got into Tenacious D and started quoting some of their songs. It’s one thing I miss about high school, the discovery of The Cool. God, I’ve been on a kick with The Cool lately. And I’m not even that down with The Cool!
I guess I just need to re-define what The Cool actually is, because I’ve certainly moved on to a different sort of “cool” than the cool I was talking about back in March. And how many times can I say cool? You’d think I’d be able to find a synonym that was cool-coolio-cooliest enough to replace that word, but I’m just a little bit too lazy to look around for one.
Anyway, I think what happened with the whole cool thing was that cool used to be what everyone else thought was great. And now, after a slow start, The Cool for me is all about things that I find awesome for my own individual reasons, whether that be Tenacious D or Sargento Salad Finishers (seriously, that is so a part of The Cool for me).
By the bye, I’m finally over that school-related anxiety attack that kept hitting me at random moments during the day. I think I moved on to other, more tangible problems–like the fact that my door refuses to open from the outside and I have to unlock the passenger side and then open the driver’s door from the inside. It makes me feel like the Queen of England, so I enjoy having to go through that routine.
I must admit, I love my life more when things like that happen, because it just makes me realize that the whole “the-things-that-you-really-should-be-worried-about-are-usually-the-things-that-blindside-you-at-3-in-the-morning-on-some-random-Tuesday” thing is very true. And it helps me roll with the punches better. I’m great at that, I’ve had a whole lot of practice with that.
I was looking through my notes on my Blackberry the other day when I found a note that I assumed I wrote when I was reading East of Eden but have since realized I wrote after watching the director’s commentary on Rocket Science.
Have I mentioned that I chose the title of this blog because of that movie? Well, yeah, I did. I was also in my second semester of Spanish classes at the University and my mind only thought in Spanish at that time, and thus La Ciencia (de) Cohete was born. Also, “astronáutica” would have worked, but I was keeping it simple…er, as simple as possible. Wait, one word probably would have been the most simple thing, but whatever, too late now!
It’s a funny movie that I enjoyed because of the many awkward moments experienced by our protagonist Hal Hefner in his quest to find his voice—seriously, he had a stutter and wanted to win State in debate. It’s all about growing pains, and if you haven’t been there, then… well, then this note (remember, the one I found in my Blackberry notes?) might not sit too well with you:
I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed it’s beauty to them.
Wait, that quote is totally Boris Pasternak, which I saved from a couple of weeks ago when I was in my DESPERATELY SEEKING BORIS PASTERNAK phase.
But, it can be applied to Rocket Science, because it can be applied to La Ciencia Cohete. Livin’ and learnin’ and shiz, right? I appreciate the growing pains, and I especially appreciate the little wake-up calls, because it makes me more aware of the things that I would really miss if they weren’t a part of my life.
And, lemme tell you, it ain’t the car, cell phone, computer, iPod or even the television. I’ve dealt with no phone, no tv, no car, and a computer that crashed and (1)ate my music and then later in the year (2) deleted an English essay that I needed to turn in the next day—and you thought that only happened in movies and original series from the Disney Channel. Of course, they didn’t all happen at the same time, but I found a way to fix all those things. And, lo and behold, the world did not end, not even when I was trying to work it all out and thought that I might be SOL.
The secret isn’t rocket science, and I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m getting there.
Here’s a clip from The Pick of Destiny, because I mentioned that? At the beginning of this entry? Before I started to ramble and you stopped reading?