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The Geography of My Mind – Youth

Posted on June 7th, 2016

Until very recently, my bedroom at my parent’s house was just as I left it the day I moved out for college. Over the years I put a number of things on the wall going back to my grade school days, seemingly, and it doesn’t seem I removed any decorations before putting up others. There were a lot of music posters up showcasing the diverse interests of my youth: Guns n’ Roses, Weezer, Nine inch Nails, Liz Phair, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The tickets from the first concerts I went to were on my tackboard: The Beach Boys, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Material Issue and Smashing Pumpkins. I used to think I was going to be an extreme skier (keep in mind I grew up in Illinois and maybe skied in Colorado a total of 15 days in high school), so I had cut out pictures from ski magazines that I subscribed to. For a time I collected comic books so there were posters of Wolverine, Spiderman and other superheroes. Other random things covered the spots that were left: notes my mom would leave me before she would go to work were all posted to the … testContinue reading

Remote Senselessness – In a Relationship with a Band

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

I’ve often wondered about how music comes to be so important for some people. I’m one of those people who has fallen in love with multiple bands over my lifetime, in many cases following those bands around the country to see them perform. This surprises some people. For some, it is unfathomable how a band and its music can mean so much. My mom was at my place a few years ago and I was listening to a James McMurtry album; and she said she really liked it, so I burned her a copy. Then I told her that he would be playing in my folks’ hometown and she should go. She replied, “Why? I already have the CD.” My mom didn’t get it. And I guess, I wondered, if she didn’t really get me. I’m not sure how many concerts I’ve been to in my life. If I had to guess I would say it is well north of 500, but I would never be able to give much more of a precise answer than that. There are some bands I’ve seen 10-20 times, some I’ve seen 40-50 times, and one band I’ve seen probably close to 150 times. … testContinue reading

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