time for you to go out to the places you will be from

disclaimer: for those of you who read ArchVoices, i totally had this entry drafted before they released their edition friday.

well, i'm back in arkansas - certainly not where i thought i'd be, but definately where i need to be right now. being back here always leaves me melancholy and distant; sometimes i'm not even sure i can drag up the memories of this place. for the most part all that's left is the vague feeling of the typical drama associated with high school and the smell of chemical plants. it's a place i'll never again associate with 'home.'

i'm currently sans ipod (it isn't broken this time; i just left it with a friend and haven't gotten it back yet), so on the long ride from the airport to here, i turned the radio up as loud as i could and sang along (something which is hard to do in DC since i don't have a car). i haven't listened to the radio in years, so most of the time was spent on scan mode, but the songs i ended up hearing seemed to define my memories of arkansas. nothing says "welcome to the south" like 'sweet home alabama' (yes, i know DC is technically south of the mason-dixon line, but it's really a different world), and nothing reminds me more of summers on the lake in the ski-boat like garth brooks' 'rodeo.' and with the exception of sarah mclachlan's 'i will remember you,' nothing reminds me more of those last few months of high school like semisonic's 'closing time.' it's cliche, but it's amazing how a song can really encapsulate a moment in time.

semisonic . closing time


Blogger sam_iv said...

I guess you are doing the same thing I am. Taking a breather in Arkansas between jobs and the next adventure. It is strange how songs can totally take you back to a certain time. I also remember "closing time" from that era of my life. Then again, I'm always glad I'm smart enough to stay away from radio. College radio is really the only radio I can listen to anymore.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Katie - Katy - Caiti - Catie said...

So I just wrote you this mega huge comment about everything imaginable and I lost my internet connection when I tried to post it. Dial-up is free through Vanderbilt...but it comes at a price nonetheless.

I'm still posting on xanga, but I joined this thing so I could keep up with you.

Funny story if you can follow my train of thought (Notorious for being quite the challenge)...I saw a picture of you, Tristan, Lucas, and myself playing on an old mattress I'm guessing at papaw's...then I remembered you teaching me how to do a back-handspring on an old mattress at your house when I was like 10 or 11. You were my cheerleading hero! How far we've come since those days.

12:46 PM  
Blogger trinity said...

who needs a crash mat when you've got mattresses!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Katie - Katy - Caiti - Catie said...

hey...did you ever hear "The Tickle" when you were in Fayettville? I just found out you can download some of their stuff on amazon...they have a new album. Two of the guys were Jacobs good friends from high school. Worth checking out if you haven't heard them before.

4:47 PM  
Blogger trinity said...

most of the guys from 'the tickle' were members of 'nonlinear friends.' one of the guys in that band (the only one who didn't join 'the tickle' i'm pretty sure) went to high school in el do. small, small world.

michael has one of their cd's.. they're pretty good.

8:56 PM  
Blogger natalie said...

you are in arkansas! you should come visit or something... come see me before comp sucks the sanity straight out of me. yeah... so, when you look at prismas, does it make you want to vomit? or is that just me?

6:30 PM  

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