Hey, y'all! Here's something I haven't done in a while: posted something that wasn't a podcast! The freelance stuff seems to be slowing down for the first time in quite a few years -- and that's fine with me. I feel like I've been neglecting my baby, and it'll be good to write reviews in ways that don't necessarily work on a larger publication.
One of those things is writing about a song or musician's personal impact on me. Katie Pruitt's album, Expectations, acts as a broad narrative of the coming out experience: the fear, the isolation, the acceptance, the bliss of finally finding the person you belong to. I've been there, and I'm happy to say that, finally, I've even reached the (hopefully for reals) last stop on the path since starting this blog 9 years ago.
On "Normal," Pruitt captures one of those early stages of coming out: when you've finally come to terms with being gay -- but that doesn't mean you have to like it. Without the context of the rest of the album, the song can come off as self-hating. However, if you haven't had a chance to dig into Expectations yet, this should be the beginning of a journey to something transcendent.