The Return of My Friend

Geeklings, I have a confession. Over the last couple of months I’ve been kind of at a stand still with an old friend of mine. We kind of were just going back and forth between the same old same old. I believe in all relationships there has to be some form of evolution, you know, growing together. That’s what friendship is, progress through years, and usually no matter what changes happen, you stay with the good friends. You’re life mates. But sometimes there are some friendships that kind of run stagnant and that gets scary. Do the two of you not share new interests together anymore? Have you drifted a part? Do you pay enough attention to each other? There are so many questions that start to spin around your head thoughts that you start to question that friendship. It’s tragic and sad and weighs on you. Soon it just becomes this elephant in the room and you wonder if the two of you will ever be able to move beyond that. I was recently in a friendship like that and it was draining because I wanted more from my friend but they were incapable of giving me what I needed. Granted, it was no fault of their own, I know as well as anyone else that we all go through shit but still… it was tough.

As of today though I am happy to announce that we have finally broken through the wall. After months and months of just going around in circles progress has been made. I’m elated actually. So, it is with great pleasure that I tell you (my friends) that I am finally able to put new music on my ipod. What, you thought I was talking about a person? Nah, my people friends are all good but my ipod, man, was it suffering.

I know I don’t talk about music a whole lot on the site because I focus on more up front geeky things like television shows, movies, comics, books, and pop vinyls but that doesn’t mean that music isn’t a huge part of my life. I. Love. Music. Seriously, if you were to look at my ipod you would see that it’s an episode of Hoarders waiting to happen. I’ve got Pearl Jam to Billy Joel to Game of Thrones soundtracks and Wu-Tang. I cover the board because I don’t want to be pigeonholed into one specific genre of music when there is soooooooo much out there to listen to. As of late though I haven’t been able to progress my listening I’ve been stuck of the Swamp of Sadness of downloading.

Allow me to explain. I have two lap tops. My father’s old lap top which I use for my writing and one that was mine that I’ve kind of run into the ground at this point. Lots and lots of miles to the point where it needs to repaired because I can turn it on but the screen doesn’t respond. Just a courser which feels more like mockery. For the record, lots of miles doesn’t mean porn… I feel by even saying that that I’m admitting porn. I’m just going to move on to the topic at hand. The problem with my lap top being in a coma is it’s my itunes source. Since it won’t turn on it means I can’t download new music. This has gone on for more months than I’d like to admit. It’s come to the point where I haven’t been excited about new music because I really can’t listen to it. I’m still old school and don’t like streaming things plus I got an old school ipod with the wheel and everything. There’s just something about buying new music that makes you feel alive. Knowing that you’re going to get intimate with a piece of music is one of the greatest feelings in the world, like ooooooh I’m going to play the crap out of you, and it was taken away from me. I was sad.

I have a number of different playlists but one specific that I update with my favorite current songs. It can total anywhere to 21 to 45 songs at any given time. But that list had gone cold months ago and there was no way for me to update it so I’ve just been putting my ipod on shuffle and seeing what happens. I have over 10,000 songs to choose from it’s bound to play things I like. But after months even that got old. I was kind of in a music stand still, which if you know me, is not a place I want to be.

Now some of you might be thinking, “Kevin why not use your Dad’s lap top to download music” and don’t think I didn’t try. The USB port wouldn’t read my ipod and the itunes refused to switch over to my account. It was brutal. There was a glimmer of hope that just shattered in my face. Until today that is.

Today I sat down with the lap top I’m currently typing this column out on and had a coming to Jesus meeting where I pretty much just begged and pleaded with it to work. I needed new music desperately. There was so much out there that I needed to get my ears on. It took about an hour but thanks to the music gods I was able to convince my father’s lap top to allow me to obtain new music, and the flood gates opened. Suddenly I was downloading the new A Tribe Called Quest album, the new Childish Gambino single, some Spoon, some Inxs and adding them to my old friend. I completely blew up my favorite songs at the moment playlist and added tons of new stuff that I’ve been wanting to be in one place (for those curious the list sits at 45 songs currently). The high I felt can’t properly be expressed. It was like kicking open a door that has been closed to me for so long and seeing that the room it’s been hiding is glorious.

I have missed my friend for so long that I feel that our friendship has been rekindled. As I sit here in the Fortress of Nerditude listening to new music and a new playlist pouring through my speakers I can’t help but just feel whole again. Music is life blood and having access to it again is my favorite part of today.

Welcome back my friend. I love you. Let’s never fight again.

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