I was uncharacteristically late because I couldn't find my earphones and I can't bear taking a long subway ride without listening to music. When I arrived my friend Angela said, "Are you late to your own reading?" I nodded, yes, I am.
I read an essay on cassette tapes and how and why I quit my band. No gory details, but broad strokes. Here's the intro:
The short version of my online dating profile reads: Librarian. Writer. Former psych rock drummer. Future cult leader. Since you can’t prove I’m not a future cult leader, it’s all true.
I am a school librarian and nothing offends my students more than hearing that I was a DJ in college, or that I used to be in a band, or that I am a writer and some people think I’m funny. Any indication that, despite my cardigans and sensible shoes, I might in some other context be cool is suspect bordering on intolerable.
Notice my profile says former psych rock drummer. The first date version of why I quit my band is I wanted to concentrate on my writing. The VH1 Behind the Music version is I quit my band because my ex-husband was the bass player, but since he slept his way into the band, and I was there first, I kicked him out once I no longer wanted to be married to him. Then when the guitar player wouldn’t let me switch from drums to bass, even after I learned all the parts, I quit the band for good.I ended up cutting two paragraphs toward the end because they were too personal and I had up to that point kept things fairly light--or as light as an essay on dividing your music collection during a divorce can be.
I've been playing guitar again, and teaching myself bass a bit but I am in absolutely no danger of joining a musical situation. I went to Guitar Center yesterday and played a Belle & Sebastian song, The State That I am In, on the Slash edition of some guitar. It was pretty funny. And I think I hate Fenders. They don't feel good in my hands. I'm glad I sold mine.
|If you know me at all you know I have a banana obsession. I learned print making last summer and made a patch for my "Girl in a Band" Halloween costume (I was the rock memoir genre.)|
|Kate Gavino gave a fun talk and I especially loved this graphic about being an Asian woman and fetishes. I do love a good hot dog.|
|See--Bananas and hot dogs.|
|I still look like me.|