Shuffle Synchronicities 252

"Professional Rapper (feat. Snoop Dogg) by Lil Dicky" - 09/26/21

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"Professional Rapper (feat. Snoop Dogg)" by Lil Dicky

Yesterday, I wrote about how I was set to go on a non-date date that night with the therapist woman to the James Blake show at The Hollywood Bowl.

And how when I shuffled just James Blake songs, I got the song “I’ll Come Too.”

Well, we indeed did go, and he indeed played the song last night:

And the lyrics:

I'm in that kind of mood
I've thrown my hat in the ring
I've got nothing to lose
With you
With you
With you
I'm in that kind of mood

I'll go under your wing
I'll slot right in between the
Cracks between you and him
I don't wanna go home
Shall we drive from zone to zone?
I wouldn't do this on my own
But I'm not on my own tonight

Did indeed seem to come true.

In a way, James Blake, is sort of an indie crooner, a Jason Mraz or Micahel Buble even, but for the creative class, so it was low-key, a very romantic show.

There was some ironic cuddling and hand-holding under a blanket in the high-up bleacher seats, just because, you know, it’s a cold night, and it’s so romantic, and we both have needs, and you know, why not, let’s do it, there you go, doesn’t that feel better… (that was more her than me, LOL, but I felt the exact same way).

Then her sister invited us to a 70s roller skate dance party downtown.

So we went back to her mom’s house for her to change clothes.

And she came out in a stunning sequin dress that looked like something out of the movie Boogie Nights.

We went back to my place so I could change into my best 70s get-up, a Lacoste tennis outfit would have to do, and to get my skates.

She took a moment on my couch to have a glass of champagne from a bottle she brought from her mom’s.

And then I think I told her she looked really good in her sequin dress and make-up a number of times in a row like a dumbstruck teenager.

I'm in that kind of mood
I've thrown my hat in the ring
I've got nothing to lose
With you

And she was like I’m down to make out.

So we made out, haha.

And it was really fun and sexy.

Then we left for the 70s roller skating party in an open-air warehouse in DTLA.

Both of ours’ first party like this since pandemic.

I don't wanna go home
Shall we drive from zone to zone?
I wouldn't do this on my own
But I'm not on my own tonight

We danced.

And I roller-skated.

And then she danced with me as I roller-skated.

And then we went back to her mom’s house in the Hollywood Hills to drop her off.

And she told me that her street has a gate because it’s named after a lookout point that was so popular for teenagers to do whatever they do up there that they had to close access to it.

So we went to that infamous lookout point.

And Curtis Mayfield came on the shuffle.

“Tripping Out” by Curtis Mayfield

I'm tripping out, tripping out over you babe - over you babe

And she joked, what are you doing to me, Dave?

And I joked, it’s not me, it’s the shuffle!

And then we made out in the back of my car.


And, to me, it was a lot more passionate than the make-out session I had with the children’s TV writer earlier this summer.

I’ve learned while studying spirituality that it’s OK to discriminate like this.

Or as Sandra Maitri wrote in the book I read yesterday, The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues:

“Comparative judgment in and of itself is neutral, and it remains so when we add preference to it: ‘This is different from that, and I prefer the former.’ ‘This feels good and that feels bad, and I don’t want the one that feels bad.’ So far so good. Still somewhat neutral. We can have preferences toward one thing and away from another without a negative attitude toward what we are moving away from.”

So the passionate and fun and sexy making out continued.

The shuffle giving us some more great tunes to soundtrack it.

Until the topic of moving beyond making out came up.

Then the shuffle seemed to be playing less ‘perfect’ songs.

So we stopped.

Not unhappily.

And we made out some more.

And talked and laughed.

And then I dropped her off at her mom’s house.

Then no joke…

The song the shuffle shuffled to after I dropped her off was:

“Molly’s Lips” by Nirvana

She said
She'd take me anywhere
She'd take me anywhere
As long as she stays with me

Kiss, kiss Molly's lips
Kiss, kiss Molly's lips
Kiss, kiss Molly's lips
Kiss, kiss Molly's lips

Followed by:

“Where My Girls At” by 702

See he's my property and any girl that touch
I might just call your bluff 'cause I don't give a…

Which I guess made me think that she was technically dating someone as of a few weeks ago as mentioned in yesterday’s post.

And that I also haven’t received the paperwork for the divorce yet.

And that I might be forever married in the eyes of God.

And a few other ambivalent things like that.

But was then followed by, and this is the last one, but also the craziest, and I’m seriously not joking still, but the shuffle then played:

“Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? - Take 5” by The Beatles

Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us


Don’t you believe in the spiritual world now?

Especially because it doesn’t exclude the sexual one???

She sent me a text this morning with a link to a cover of the James Blake song that he also played last night:

“Limit To Your Love” by James Blake

By the female singer, Feist, who she thought originated it:

“The Limit To Your Love” by Feist

There's a limit to your love
Your love, your love, your love

There's a limit to you care
So carelessly there, is it truth or dare?
There's a limit to your care

Which she said was a meaningful title within our context.

And I had to agree.

Because I had a number of strange dreams last night involving my ex-wife.

Including her getting lost in the forest parts of Big Sur because she went there to hook up with a random guy.

And then me choosing to get stranded on the island of Corfu despite a friend warning me that I would certainly be stranded there like he was and never to return.

If I’m remembering correctly that’s the island where Napoleon was exiled to, after his overreach in Europe.

Actually, just Googled it, it was the island of Elba, but apparently, Corfu was strongly considered.


But she also wrote:

And I wrote back:

Followed by:

And so this brings me back to the rapper Lil Dicky’s 2015 song “Professional Rapper” that was shuffled to today, where he raps to Snoop Dogg about how as a white Jewish comic rapper he’s going to do things differently.

If you wanna do this, then you won't get far acting like a little bitch
Nah, that's my niche!
Don't get offended by this, but that's the market y'all missed
That's the target I'll hit
And that's the heart of my pitch
I wanna do this whole thing different

What the fuck you mean you wanna do the whole thing different?
Uh, you know, I-I think, like, you know
Traditionally people have been doing the job, uh, you know
The same kind of way for a long time
But traditionally speaking, this shit works, right?
Nah, like, I get that, but I-I just think that, you know
You don't know if it could be working even better
And I think you should look at me as an opportunity to find that out
I don't mean any disrespect by that
I'm just saying I have a different background
Like a different perspective way of looking at things
Than your typical applicant

Lil Dicky aka Dave Burd would go on to make the FXX show Dave five years later in 2020, which has become along with Atlanta by Donald Glover, a trend of a new form of rap/TV sitcom hybrids.

And I don’t mean to sound too conceited when I say this…

But I think whatever I’m doing with this mixture of super transparent, serial/Livestream memoir and music criticism where the music isn’t critiqued in terms of how ‘good’ it is but as to how it synchronizes with my life and more as a form of creative non-fiction…

It’s different!!!


Even if it’s not.

As everything is just different versions of the same thing.

Or as Lil Dicky and Snoop Dogg rap:

So what you trying to do?
Five years from now, tell me bout the dude
Well, I don't care about the money
Like, it's the respect that I'm wanting
Honestly, I just want to be one of the greats
Where they gotta bring your boy up every debate
I don't wanna leave the game the same

In a nutshell, what's your legacy?
Well, I wanna be the dude that came in and made the stand up rap
With the random rap and the man like that for the people that was anti-rap
Yet, the fans of rap started recognizing that anti-rap
Is ironically one of the real brands of rap left
That shit sound pretty damn complex

I guess, I wanna be the best
I just wanna do it my way
And turn the whole game sideways
And show people you ain't gotta be resigned to the highway
You can make a path while these motherfuckers drive straight
I ain't mad at that
Well thanks, man

Or in GIF form:

Okay, that’s the two hundred and fifty-second Shuffle Synchronicities.