paintedladyspirit:

I cannot begin to express how appreciative I am of what the Legend of Korra is doing in terms of addressing mental health. These last two episodes have blown me away. The writers have managed to craft a story with true depth and a sort of realism that’s so rare. I can honestly say I have never watched a show where the protagonist’s mental illness and/or struggles were treated with such respect and honesty.
I know I already wrote about this, but the latest episode (The Coronation) really sealed my impression with the inclusion of Korra’s scenes with Toph. Toph’s tough love approach was definitely what we all expected from her, but it was also something else. It was a perspective that is almost NEVER portrayed accurately - the really sucky, toxic, and sometimes near addictive aspects of mental illness.
When Toph accused Korra of not letting her remove the poison, I instantly thought back to my own experience with depression. At my darkest point, it was really hard to think about getting better. I couldn’t picture it, and honestly at times it felt easier to stay depressed. If I was always so tired and had a hard time even getting out of bed, then why even bother trying to get better? Being sad was hard, but putting effort into not being sad was even harder.
It was a vicious cycle that I’ve never been able to fully explain, but the fact that this show even metaphorically implied it is groundbreaking. (Of course, I only speak for myself and my personal experience, so do understand that I’m not trying to be spokesperson or anything).
Can you imagine if other shows were inspired to take the perils of mental illness head-on? So many more people would understand, or feel comforted. I’m just grateful that LOK is doing what it’s doing.

paintedladyspirit:

I cannot begin to express how appreciative I am of what the Legend of Korra is doing in terms of addressing mental health. These last two episodes have blown me away. The writers have managed to craft a story with true depth and a sort of realism that’s so rare. I can honestly say I have never watched a show where the protagonist’s mental illness and/or struggles were treated with such respect and honesty.

I know I already wrote about this, but the latest episode (The Coronation) really sealed my impression with the inclusion of Korra’s scenes with Toph. Toph’s tough love approach was definitely what we all expected from her, but it was also something else. It was a perspective that is almost NEVER portrayed accurately - the really sucky, toxic, and sometimes near addictive aspects of mental illness.

When Toph accused Korra of not letting her remove the poison, I instantly thought back to my own experience with depression. At my darkest point, it was really hard to think about getting better. I couldn’t picture it, and honestly at times it felt easier to stay depressed. If I was always so tired and had a hard time even getting out of bed, then why even bother trying to get better? Being sad was hard, but putting effort into not being sad was even harder.

It was a vicious cycle that I’ve never been able to fully explain, but the fact that this show even metaphorically implied it is groundbreaking. (Of course, I only speak for myself and my personal experience, so do understand that I’m not trying to be spokesperson or anything).

Can you imagine if other shows were inspired to take the perils of mental illness head-on? So many more people would understand, or feel comforted. I’m just grateful that LOK is doing what it’s doing.

(via attilee)

En Règle (and Out) sheet music (for violin)

If anyone’s interested, give me your email and I’ll send you the sheet music. The tempo is pretty messed up, because i’m not great at transposing sheet music, but should be easy enough to make sense of if you’re familiar with the song. If you listen to the original song, this violin will replace the bass track. Guitar chords I posted earlier would be suuuuuuper easy to play along. Anyway, let me know if you’re interested.

CALL ME THE BREEZE // a Caitlin Lightcap playlist about how lonely it can be to be a leader. It’s pretty long, this got away from me a bit, but I couldn’t bear to cut this down any shorter. Inspired by the writings of cleanwhiteroom. Art by cerigg.

CAESAR (I Blame Coco feat. Robyn) || CALL ME THE BREEZE (Beth Orton) || QUEEN (Perfume Genius) || SEED OF WONDER (Jesca Hoop) || BONNY (Prefab Sprout) || A SAIL (Lisa Hannigan) || BLACK AND COSTAUD (My Brightest Diamond) || Good Arms vs. Bad Arms (Frightened Rabbit) || I’LL GIVE YOU MY SKIN (Indigo Girls feat. Michael Stipe) || NANOBOTS (They Might be Giants) || BIRD ON A WIRE (Johnny Cash) || LAKE OF SILVER BELLS (Carbon Leaf) || RECORD COLLECTOR (Lissie) || ENDS OF THE EARTH (Lord Huron) || RUNAWAY (Kanye West) || SELF MACHINE (I Blame Coco) || ALL MY ARMOR (Half Waif) || PALOMA (Carbon Leaf)
available on 8tracks

CALL ME THE BREEZE // a Caitlin Lightcap playlist about how lonely it can be to be a leader. It’s pretty long, this got away from me a bit, but I couldn’t bear to cut this down any shorter. Inspired by the writings of cleanwhiteroom. Art by cerigg.

CAESAR (I Blame Coco feat. Robyn) || CALL ME THE BREEZE (Beth Orton) || QUEEN (Perfume Genius) || SEED OF WONDER (Jesca Hoop) || BONNY (Prefab Sprout) || A SAIL (Lisa Hannigan) || BLACK AND COSTAUD (My Brightest Diamond) || Good Arms vs. Bad Arms (Frightened Rabbit) || I’LL GIVE YOU MY SKIN (Indigo Girls feat. Michael Stipe) || NANOBOTS (They Might be Giants) || BIRD ON A WIRE (Johnny Cash) || LAKE OF SILVER BELLS (Carbon Leaf) || RECORD COLLECTOR (Lissie) || ENDS OF THE EARTH (Lord Huron) || RUNAWAY (Kanye West) || SELF MACHINE (I Blame Coco) || ALL MY ARMOR (Half Waif) || PALOMA (Carbon Leaf)

available on 8tracks

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People seem to get a real kick out of the sister comedy team Carly and I bring when we go to mics. The fact that we’re hilarious also helps.