Monday, July 9, 2012

Nostalgia: Mazzy Star

The truth? I hated this song when it came out. Hated it. I had a hard time with anything slow and sappy. Only in the last couple of years have I appreciated anything without a relentless, driving beat. Something I could float away with. And doesn't this song just scream (or maybe whisper) floating?
I reminds me of a boy I went out with in 1997 (or maybe 1998) who, the first time we hung out, confessed he thought about playing this song, but thought I'd think it was lame so he played Everclear instead (which, at the time, I was embarrassed about liking... also, holy shit, I should listen to Everclear!).
See how this happens? You hear a song and bam! Back in a moment. Because of course I started listening to Everclear, and naturally I went back to the song that reminds me of that same boy:
And here's the real story. Because there's the guy, who I'm reminded of not only because he played the album, but because he was a handsome man with athletic thighs. Also, I remember my white Jetta that I loved, and cried when it finally shit the bed. And I remember my friend Eileen, who moved to PDX for college, explaining what Everclear was and what the West Hills were. More so than Mazzy Star, Everclear remind me of the nineties, and being young and silly and crazy. Is this what teenagers from the 70's feel like while listening to Led Zeppelin?

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