I tend to let my mind wander when I drive. (Don’t worry…this doesn’t mean I weave back and forth!) The reason for this is because wherever I have to go (whether it is work or an appointment) is far, FAR from where I live. Naturally, I get bored just staring out the window…even when I have a good CD on.
Today’s music of choice was the new My Bloody Valentine album, released approximately TWENTY-TWO YEARS after they released LOVELESS. As I got lost inside the swirling distorted guitars, I thought about music in general. When I was a kid, my whole life was music. I caught 120 Minutes on MTV every Sunday night. If I bought a band’s latest album and found out they had released any albums before that, then I would go back and buy the entire catalog.
In 1998 I worked at a restaurant called Cracker Barrel. I was a dishwasher, and I worked with this guy Ted. He was a fan of classic rock music, which I liked myself. So I asked him if he ever heard of some band (probably the Pumpkins, knowing me), and he said, “No, I haven’t followed any new bands since the eighties.”
I remember thinking, “Wow, that is never going to be me. I’m going to be on top of all the new, indie bands forever. Music is what I’m all about!”
Now here I am at 37, and that IS me. I haven’t heard a new album since 1999. Well, there are a few exceptions to that. However, most of them are albums that are released by bands I became a fan of in the nineties. (Examples: the new Valentines album, the Pumpkins’ OCEANIA, Dinosaur Jr., the Flaming Lips, and so on.) I think the only artist I listen to who came out after the nineties is Adele.
Well, what can I say? At the time I declared that I would never be Ted, I had no girlfriend, no children, hardly any social life…hell, I didn’t even get full-time hours at Cracker Barrel. Responsibilities kind of crept up on me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d rather spend a day with my wife and kids than be on top of the latest release by some indie rock band.
It’s true what John Lennon said in that song he wrote for his son Sean, “Life’s what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And sometimes what happens to you is even more rewarding than what you were planning for!