From 9 to Forever

Whether Six Pack or Six String

From 9 to Forever

I passed the chipped paint exterior through the industrial freezer door and stepped into the tiny corner shop. The inside was brown with wood grain and full of bottles, colored tinctures, and other assorted potions. Someone who had strolled in out of curiosity might mistake it for a witch’s walk-in pantry. I noted the grain bins and scoopers and barrels and tubing and tried to take in as much as I could: I wanted to get a feel for what …

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Lalo’s Garage

I pulled into the driveway with my pickup gate facing Lalo’s house. He stood behind the garage door and lifted it up as I stepped out of my truck. His face was naturally tan and had deep lines- deeper than they probably should’ve been for his age- and his hair was combed back, solid black aside from the graying on the sides, just above and beside his ears. “Kelly?” I smiled like I already knew him. “Yep. You must be …

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A Plea

Most of us will never be the “ultimate version”* of ourselves; we’ll never be the best we can be, never lead the best possible life we can live. Some of us may get glimpses of it in a reflection from a passing bus window, only to have it move along without pausing for us to really savor it. Some may get it a little longer, having a few months or years where they appear to have been touched by the …

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One Long Funeral

This has been one long funeral. …I know that’s no way to start a love letter, but it’s hard not to be weary. For over a year now, I’ve been counting down the days; and really, I think we knew it was ending for longer than that. This might be sappy, but if any of you has ever been a part of something you really cared about that came to an end, you probably know this feeling. My band is …

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The Lone Wolf Pack, or: The Lone Rangers

In the last column that I wrote, I touched on the fact that people have set ideas about what being in bands involves. I was talking about music and money then, but while I was writing that article, my mind wandered to how interesting (and funny!) it is when people encounter a local punk-or-indie-type show or band for the first time. When people find out about underground music, they’re usually confronted with something different than they expected; music that isn’t …

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One Plus Negative Eight-Hundred Equals…

One Plus Negative Eight-Hundred Equals Two Million Twenty Three Thousand and Seventy Five Wanna know what the most typical exchange is when people find out that I’m in a band? “Do you make good money doing that?” “Hahahaha!!” I don’t know if they’re just making conversation or if they really wonder if small-time bands can support themselves off of playing. One time, after hearing that I had just returned from a 3 week outing, a coworker asked me if we made …

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2 Illegit 2 Quit

In order to appreciate unsigned, small-time bands, I think a certain outlook is necessary. In some degree, you’ve got to have the opinion that the idea of “legitimacy” is illegitimate. What I mean is: most people think that a band is only worth hearing if the band meets certain criteria. …What do most people use as a measure or guideline of legitimacy for a band or artist? Being signed to a label? Being on the radio? Having a single reach …

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The Death of the Midlife Crisis

Is it possible we have learned from our parents’ mistakes? You could spin it that way if you want to triumphantly proclaim that we, as a generation, are not taking on responsibilities that would inhibit our freedom and compromise our happiness. “Wedded bliss? Kids? Careers? Pffft! How about a Heiney and some heiny?!” …Take a look at the data that might back the claim up: the median age for a first marriage for a man is two years higher than …

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