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I had some vague thoughts about posting this yesterday. Then I promptly forgot. Now the 30 day meme will now stretch out to 90 days! :D

Day 04- A song that reminds me of something
Pearl Jam - Tremor Christ

When I was in my early 20s, I had a friend who was a few years younger and still in high school. She got sick at school one day and I went to get her since her mom didn't have a car (her mom was also deeply dysfunctional and I filled in when necessary, like that day). We drove around in the rainy spring weather in my little jalopy and listened to awful pop music on the radio, forging through fog and rain, talking and laughing. At one point, we decided to get out to inspect the underside of a cobblestone train trestle for no particular reason. We liked doing strange, unexpected things, so this was pretty typical. All the vegetation around the trestle was green and fresh and the air smelled like rain and grass. There were no cars, no people, no animals passing by and it felt like we were engulred by a bubble of quietude.

We looked around for a while, then got back into my car and went to the Ben and Jerry's on Guilford Ave (not there anymore). We went in and my friend talked to her friend who was working at the counter. Being the middle of the day, we were the only people there, just the three of us. It was a corner store with glass doors and big windows on both sides, and the temperature difference between outside and the inside was just enough to make all the panes fog up. Grey light filtered in, brightening the store, but we couldn't see out. We were in our own little world again, built of murmurs and music and the scent of newly baked waffle cones. "Tremor Christ" came on the overhead speaker and we fell into a comtemplative silence while the song played. We ate ice cream out of warm cones while Eddie Vedder sang, "Turns the bow back, tows and drops the line, puts his faith and love in Tremor Christ...". The spell was broken by the brash jangle of the Grateful Dead and we started talking again. We stayed a little while longer, making small talk, then left to explore the area from the comfort of the car.

That day has stuck with me for 15 years. My friend died in a car accident in 2001 and the moments we spent together that day are some of my favorite memories of her.

Day 01- A song that makes me happy:
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
Flood is my favorite TMBG album, it's the right mix of offbeat and musical. And how can you go wrong with songs about wearing prosthetic foreheads on your real head?

Day 02- A song that helps me clear my head
Erik Satie - Gymnopedies No 1
This is a really beautiful song, my favorite of Satie's, though I'm also partial to Gnossienne No. 4.

Day 03- A song that makes me laugh
Momus - Coming In A Girl's Mouth
I love this song, though Momus gets a little too clever for himself at times and should just keep his creepy, priveleged mouth shut.


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