March 28, 2011 – Song 144

A while ago I wrote something about a book I adore by Herman Hesse called “Journey to the East” but in that moment, I couldn’t remember how it came to me.

And then Poof! Suddenly, I remembered.

The Day The Universe Changed indeed, Stephen Asma. Song 144.

The first time I met Thurston Moore I was holding a copy of “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band. I had it stuck in my head and I was DJing a party that night. Somehow, we didn’t have it at work. But there it was waiting for me at the Pitchfork record fair. It was literally seconds after I had told the dude I bought it from that I didn’t need a bag. If I could turn back time indeed.

This summer I had the chance to meet the rest of Sonic Youth. For a person like me that is like meeting your gods. But the best part is, they’re not gods at all. They are just really, really cool people.

I somehow ended up talking to Kim Gordon about her daughter taking the driver’s test. She was saying it is so strange to think of her as old enough. I couldn’t help but think it was strange (and not say it outloud, thank you Sweet Jesus) that there is still a picture of you on the wall of my childhood bedroom.

Kim went on to say that in her state you have to have a sponsor in the car with you when you take the driving exam. So she had to sit there in the back of the car while her daughter drove, just dying. Doing her best not to say a word. A while after that her license expired and Thurston had to do the very same thing. Which she guessed was significantly harder because she ended up getting in a fight with her instructor.

100% of my love. For a very, very long time now.

•••••••

I went to one year of Catholic high school. It is where I met one of my dearest friend’s Kelly O’keefe. (oh you’ll get yours. don’t you worry. ♥) I was in a French class there with a lady who later changed her name (again with the name changing!) to something decidedly more exotic. Many years later she was asked to write a movie after someone noticed her blog. When the buzz started, but before she was quite so famous, my friend Kelly called me and said that she had heard this weird thing and was wondering if I happened to be a stripper and I had just “forgot” to mention it.

It wasn’t me. But some part of me was crushed. Because, somehow, I felt like it should have been. Not that I actually did anything about it.

I don’t remember her at all and we were not friends. Which is odd because when I Googled her there she was in a fucking Green Day Kerplunk! T-shirt. It’s hard for me to believe that in that (tiny) school that our paths never crossed. But I can’t think of one single interaction we ever had.

But, like I said, it is a well known fact that I have always been crazy for Sonic Youth. ♥

Not “Tunic” but a song for Karen nonetheless.

•••••••

I still think this exchange is one of the most beautifully written things I have ever seen. No matter what anyone says about anything.

Juno MacGuff: I’m just like losing my faith with humanity.

Mac MacGuff: Can you can narrow that down for me?

Juno MacGuff: I just wonder if like, two people can ever stay together for good.

Mac MacGuff: You mean like couples?

Juno MacGuff: Yeah, like people in love.

Mac MacGuff: Are you having boy troubles? Because I gotta be honest with you; I don’t much approve of dating in your condition, ’cause well… that’s kind of messed up.

Juno MacGuff: Dad, no!

Mac MacGuff: Well, it’s kind of skanky. Isn’t that what you girls call it? Skanky? Skeevy?

Juno MacGuff: Please stop.

Mac MacGuff: [persisting] Tore up from the floor up?

Juno MacGuff: That’s not what it’s about. I just need to know that it’s possible that two people can stay happy together forever.

Mac MacGuff: Well, it’s not easy, that’s for sure. Now, I may not have the best track record in the world, but I have been with your stepmother for 10 years now and I’m proud to say that we’re very happy.

[Juno nods]

Mac MacGuff: Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.

Juno MacGuff: Yeah. And I think I’ve found that person.

Mac MacGuff: Yeah sure you have – your old D-A-D! You know I’ll always be there to love you and support you no matter what kind of pickle you’re in… Obviously.

[nods to her belly]

Juno MacGuff: Dad, I think I’m just going to, like, shove out for a sec, but I won’t be home late.

Mac MacGuff: Ok. You were talking about me right?

•••••••

If you are so inclined you should check out Dr. Stephen Asma’s stuff. He writes books and blogs and he’s hands down one of the best teachers I have ever had. Total Gamechanger.

Begin at the Beginning.

And on that note the pop culture laden Journey to the East continues…Macaulay Culkin et all.

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