Sunday, September 16, 2012

Yard Sale Win and the Soundtrack to My Move

Yes, that's a giant pile of cash on my kitchen table. Note to self: don't hesitate to hold a yard sale like that again in the future. Why? 1- It was a gorgeous day (once the brief rain storm cleared first thing in the morning) to hang out in my back yard all day. 2- I met all sorts of interesting characters. I really got to see the whole range of Jamaica Plain society. 3- I ended up with a pile of cash on my kitchen table and a MAJOR dent into the pile of stuff I had to get rid of. I'm really down to the end of the process. PHEW.

I'm feeling better after my "bad moment" day on Friday. I received a few kind words from various folks, and a good night's sleep afterwards didn't hurt either. I'm sure I will continue to struggle with the notion of the "end of my life as I know it", but I'm going to try my best to stay positive and motivated to make the most out of my last days here in Massachusetts. I'm also feeling a little restless. I'm really looking forward to the move being done with. There's so much preparation and waiting, and I'm not the most patient person.

I drove down to Cape Cod this morning. It's a GORGEOUS day today. Dad's making lasagna in the kitchen, and I'm watching Sunday afternoon Patriots football. Pretty sweet way to spend the day, I say.

View from my parents' deck on Cape Cod

A few days before I moved away from Houston in 2004, my good friend, Grant, gave me 2 or 3 CDs of the band, Muse. If you don't know them already, do yourself a favor and pick up one of their more recent albums (they're all good, but they've been getting better and better with each album). Anyway, I pretty much wore holes in those discs during those first months back in Massachusetts, and whenever I hear those songs, I still can remember how I was feeling back then. We all have those pieces of music that invoke strong memories of people, places or events. That's why music is so important and powerful. Whenever there's an major event- a joyous wedding or a tragic death, music is always somehow involved. Music can help us give more definition to our emotions.

I'm wondering what my music I will gravitate to in the coming weeks and months. Well, it turns out that Muse is releasing a new album on October 2. What timing! They've already released some of the album, and if it's at all indicative of what the rest will sound like, I'm going to be quite pleased. The crazy thing about "The 2nd Law" is that the subject of the album is about our unsustainable environmental and technological practices. I'm getting the hell away from the over-developed, over-populated east coast to be in Alaska. I think the subject matter is really going to resonate with some of the reasons for my move. Here are two videos from the new album. Man, they're straight up copying some Naqoyqatsi action in the second one. I still like it. :)

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