The Pouching getting ready for New Years Eve

13 Aug What is the Music of The Pouching?

We’re generally a repository of glib answers, but if you asked us what our song is, we would be all-around stumped.

We can’t remember the music that was playing during our first dance. Based on the Top 40 Pop Hits of March 2013, there is a significant chance that the track was — ugh — Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” or — ugh —Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment” or Ke$ha’s “C’Mon.” We’re hoping it was Ke$ha.

The Pouching first dance

The point is, for two self-identified creatives (one of whom went to Juilliard, natch. Hint: it wasn’t Joyce), we may not possess the visceral connection to music that a lot of our peers have. Wayne likes visuals, Joyce likes a good read. Wayne wears short skirts, Joyce wears T-shirts, he’s cheer captain and she’s under the bleachers, etc.

Ask us about our song, and we have to ponder, awkwardly. We will slip into third person, mentally reconstructing the timeline of our relationship and waiting for the grace notes to slip out:

March 25-29, 2013: In the five full working days before their first date, Joyce listens to Lana del Rey’s “Paris” no fewer than 45 times. Unlike the majority of del Rey’s Hollywood sadcore output, “Paris” is bouncy and goofy and hopeful. Later that summer, Wayne will carry a sozzled Joyce down Bedford Avenue after a brunch at Spritzenhaus, and she will sing-ask him, “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”

March 26, 2013: Joyce texts Wayne about CHVRCHES’ “Recover,” only to be mildly pressed when Wayne replies that the lyrics sound like a “drunk Taylor Swift writing in her diary.” Joyce finds a mashup of “Recover” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Wayne downloads it to his work playlist.

September 22, 2013: Joyce and Wayne attend their first concert together — the aforementioned CHVRCHES at Terminal 5. Halfway through the interminable opening act involving a lot of fog and sweaty xylophone playing, Wayne adorably wrinkles his nose and asked, “What is that gross smell?” Joyce responds, “That’s weed, babe.”

January 1, 2014: Wayne gets obsessed with the infamous “Name Game” sequence from American Horror Story: Asylum and becomes determined to memorize the entire song. Over the course of the weekend. Lana bo bana banana fanna fo fana fee fy mo oh my god it’s a good thing I love you.

June 2, 2015: The music video drops for Joyce and Wayne’s life anthem. They consider framing their engagement photo shoot around this video.

August 13, 2015: Joyce and Wayne are in their pajamas at 11:39pm, contemplating which song should accompany their inaugural dance at the wedding. They conclude it doesn’t matter; they can’t remember that first song from March 23, 2013, but it still led them to each other.

The Pouching picking out music in pajamas

Joyce + Wayne holding The Pouching lantern


Joyce + Wayne


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  • Jerry
    Posted at 22:03h, 13 August Reply

    Wayne wears short skirts?

    • Wayne Hwang
      Posted at 20:07h, 26 August Reply

      Which is why you gotta do leg workouts too.

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