I’ll start with a disclaimer: I just graduated from school, so I’m about to get all reflective and introspective and stuff. No doubt many of you are in the same boat, so perhaps you’ll relate.
I think it’s natural for people to regularly have “On This Day in History” moments in their lives. I’m no different, and there are a few that stand out every year. On June 29s, I recall launching into a month-long cross-Canada road trip with my mom in 2010, camping our way from Vancouver to the east coast. On April 16s, I reflect on two years ago when I went to Coachella, peed my pants a bit seeing LCD Soundsystem for the first time, and sweated and grinned madly for three days with 75,000 of my best friends. I was just invited to the Facebook group for my 10 year high school reunion, and am hashing up memories of 6 a.m. rowing practices, my first real boyfriend and student government-hosted chocolate milk drinking contests, which tended to end in projectile vomiting. On March 16s, I take a moment to remember that one time I came out of my mom’s womb.
Whenever I’m struck with a “On This Day in History” moment, I’m more aware of how quickly time passes, prompting me to say to myself, “Self, was that really [x] years ago? Geeze!” The majority of posts in the aforementioned FB group begin with, “I can’t believe it’s already been…” Although I’m not typing it, I am thinking the same thing. It’s cliché, but I almost cannot believe how fast the last 10 years have gone, especially the last two in college. School weeks as a teenager dragged on, but now it’s the opposite. Not just Monday to Friday, but month after month. It’s already May, for crap sakes. Didn’t we just publish April?
Apparently it’s not going to slow down, so I am often reminded by many older family members. Maybe time is flying because I just joined the ranks of adulthood (on paper, at least). Then I bought some pumps, I got a hair cut and I got a real job. Graduation hasn’t sunk in yet though; I’m still trying to wrap my head around having all this space in my life that homework and class and public transit occupied.
Interwoven with these date-induced flashbacks is the music that narrated it. Driving to Indio, I got my co-pilot hooked on Brasstronaut, one of our feature artists this month. One song that could always get me out of bed on those dark mornings before rowing was Matthew Good Band’s “Everything is Automatic” (back off, I was 15). And I clearly remember that “Jump” by Van Halen was the number one song on the day I was born.
And it’s odd to think that five years from now, I’ll reflect on May 2012 remembering how Peace, Weed, Nü Sensae and a buttload of electro got me through another issue of Discorder. Fancy that.
Speaking of this months issue, I’m happy to share articles on Centre A in recognition of Asian Heritage Month, five great features on five very different musical subjects, and our usual assortment of reviews and news on all things listen-worthy.
So bring on May! It’s time to make some more memories.
Read on and stay rad,