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For Mike

We were three guys, walking down the street on a sunny afternoon in 1994. My brother Mike, a friend of his, and I.

This is a playlist of music we talked about that day, as best as I can recall. It was all new at the time except for the ones (Nothingman, especially) that were still a few months away from being released. A new Pearl Jam record coming in a few weeks? In 1994, that was big news.

Musically, 1994 was an interesting year. I always think of '94 as the end of alternative as an underground genre. By '95, alternative radio stations were signing on from coast to coast (I worked for a few of them) and the music became corporate because it was driven by sales and airplay rather than passion. Hip hop went through the same thing about five or six years later. And the indie scene did the same thing about five or six years later. And...

...and that's just a tangent which has nothing to do with Mike, whose memory this playlist is for. In 1994, he would have really enjoyed it. Most of it, anyway. If I remember correctly, we were headed for a record shop so I could introduce him to some bands he didn't know. I've been racking my brain trying to remember the three of us in that record store... but no matter how hard I try, I can't. And yet, I so vividly recall the three of us walking there. I even remember the music we talked about.

Perhaps that walk, as is true of life itself, was more about the journey than the destination.

::::: | Monday, Jun 04 2012 at 2:34 PM
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