Grateful Geek: The Smashing Pumpkins

One of my favorite bands when I was a teenager in the 1990s was The Smashing Pumpkins.

“Monuments to an Elegy” album cover.

I have very fond (and semi-embarrassing) memories of blasting their albums, Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, on my old Sony stereo while singing along loudly and pretending I was a master guitarist. (In my defense, I was a moody teenager!)

I still very proudly listen to my ’90s rock, including the Pumpkins, but I’ve been woefully out of touch with what they’ve been up to.

So imagine my surprise when I saw that the Pumpkins put out a new album this week called Monuments to an Elegy. And it’s quite good! Lead singer Billy Corgan sounds as good as ever — mature and soulful — and the music is reminiscent of their ’90s roots without sounding dated.

Not exactly Christmas carols, but it nonetheless puts me in good spirits that good music still exists by musicians I grew up with.

This week, I’m lovin’:

Rebranding exercises and honing in on my brand vision + business accountability + cheetah print + fresh-cut pineapple + trailers for Inside Out and Le Petit Prince + Chang-Rae Lee + my mom’s, comfort food-inspired lunch + an impromptu viewing of Pride and Prejudice (one of my all-time favorites) + evening phone chats + amazingly helpful and kind building staff + Chipotle burrito bowls with my brother + online shopping with my mom and laughing with my dad + my superhuman hubby

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