i am having a difficult time finding the words to set the stage for this story so be patient and hopefully you'll get what it is i'm trying to say.
last summer i took a short trip to pennsylvania to see some friends and a joseph arthur concert. if you missed that, you can read about it here, here, and here. it was truly one of the best weekends i've ever had and since then i've had a difficult time listening to joseph arthur. isn't that silly? it's not just that his music reminds me of that trip but his music reminds me of how fucking fantastic he is to see live and how it's been sooooo long since i've seen him. so in a sense, i've been afraid to listen to his music because i was afraid it would make me sad or too nostalgic. i even hesitated buying his new album, for cryin' out loud. something must be done about this!
i've been watching tv pretty much all day until i decided i felt like letting itunes take the wheel for a while. i muted the baseball game (it's just the mets/braves anyway) and put itunes on shuffle. i don't remember the first couple of songs that played and i'm too lazy to go back and look but the next 3 songs were all joseph arthur songs. when the first one came on i almost skipped past it but i decided that tonight would be the night that i conquered whatever weirdness i had about listening to his music. then the next song was his, and then another, and all i felt was happiness. it was the push i needed to buy his new album, which i must say, only a few songs in, is absolutely brilliant.
joe and me during sxsw 2008
and maybe later i'll write about a band that i can hardly stand to listen to anymore, no matter what itunes has to say about it.