Oh January, January, wherefore art thou January?
Deny thy winter and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn in denial,
And I'll no longer be a January Hater.
At the beginning of this January, I decided I would spend the month celebrating January instead of my traditional bashing of January. I'm an extremely predictable human being, and if I look back at my blog postings of the last few years, all January postings have that same woe-is-me tone.
Not this year, though. I wanted to change it up a bit with some positive expression, and began with a simple facebook status update that read:
"I LOVE JANUARY!"
Then I decided to add it every day. In the which I did -- add it (almost) every day.
This positivity proclamation turned me into a free-love and special-sauce January lover. No lie, I'm lovin' January this year. These postings also made my good gal-pal Jessica smile. Even though Jessica lives way over in Los Angeles, I know she was smiling, each and every time I posted one of those "I LOVE JANUARY"s. Do you know how I know this to be true? Because she told me so. In a comment. Not only did she "like" my Love o' January postings, she made some comments about smiling and stuff.
It has come to my realization, however, that I am not alone with my troubles for January. Many others have troubles in January. I don't have any proof just now, but just take my word for it. Many people have troubles in January.
Let's take the music industry for example. No one writes anything decent about January. I think it's because there's nothing inspiring about January. It's just there. It ain't up, it ain't down, it ain't sideways. It's just there.
Jessica sent me an itunes gift certificate on the 16th day of January to show her love for this I-LOVE-JANUARY business, but maybe also to celebrate the fact that the 16th was January hump day. We're at the top and on our way down.
With gratitude, I decided to devote that gift certificate to the making of a January playlist. Great idea, yes? Well, yeah it's a great idea. I opened up the store, typed "January" and said search! You know what happened? Not much. Not much at all. In fact I believe I said, "January ain't got xxxx!" (Where xxxx rhymes with stick.)
After the itunes store disappointment, I traveled to the internet. I typed "songs about January" and said search! Guess what happened there? Not much. And I said, "January still ain't got xxxx!"
You can find playlists for everything on the internet. Everything! Everything that is, except January. I figure the only way to fix this January ho-hum is to rename it.
What's in a name? That which we call a season
By any other word would smell as sweet.
So January would, were he not January called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. January, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
January, buddy? From here on, henceforth and forever (except when I'm doing official business,) you shall be called Jessica. And I will shout to the heavens and the facebook about how much I love this Jessica. First, though, we'll start with a Jessica playlist.
Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company
Making Out - No Doubt
Makin' Some Noise - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
This Fine Social Scene - Zero 7
So So Happy Makin - Hatcham Social
Saint Simon - The Shins
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
Garden Of Eden - Paula Cole