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"When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other."

4.27.2008

  

I recently finished two books by Rolling Stone writers: But Enough About Me... A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn and Love is A Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.  They both give shout-outs to one another in their acknowledgments.

I enjoyed both books immensely; Jancee's was funnier but Rob's was more meaningful?  Memorable?  Sadder?  I can't quite tell.  Both books reminded me of High Fidelity and Almost Famous (2000) except the music-obsessed characters are real (yes, I know William Miller's character is based on Cameron Crowe).

I thought I'd share one of my favorite passages from Love is A Mixtape:

I thought, There is nowhere else in the universe I would rather be at this moment.  I could count the places I would not rather be.  I've always wanted to see New Zealand, but I'd rather be here.  The majestic ruins of Machu Picchu?  I'd rather be here.  A hillside in Cuenca, Spain, sipping coffee and watching leaves fall?  Not even close.  There is nowhere else I could imagine wanting to be besides here in this car, with this girl, on this road, listening to this song.  If she breaks my heart, no matter what hell she puts me through, I can say it was worth it, just because of right now.  Out the window is a blur and all I can really hear is this girl's hair flapping in the wind, and maybe if we drive fast enough the universe will lose track of us and forget to stick us somewhere else.


There is nothing quite like rocking out in the car to 'the best song ever written', and it's even better when you share it with someone.

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