I know I’ve mentioned my good friend John on here before. We’re both big music fans. When we first started hanging out back in Starkville, MS, we spent a lot of time introducing each other to new music, mostly songs by Tori Amos and Pearl Jam. He’s a big Tori Amos fan. I had heard some of her big hits, but he introduced me to many more of her songs. I’m a big Pearl Jam fan. He had heard some of their big hits, but I introduced him to many more of their songs. I made copies of many of my Pearl Jam albums for him and he did the same for me with his Tori Amos albums.
John has hundreds of CDs. A lot of time he had to shuffle through his many CD cases to find a particular song that he was looking for. If we were going somewhere together, sometimes it would take a long time to leave because he had to find the right song to listen to. I suggested that he get mp3 player. He got the idea, but never got around to buying one. At one point I was researching a Zune (yes, a Zune) for myself even though I didn’t have nearly as many CDs as him.
We became roommates after a while. When he got a job out of town and had to move away, I got him an iPod as a going away present. I didn’t get myself an iPod until later that year. John had to leave pretty quickly, so he didn’t move all of his stuff out of our apartment immediately. I spent the next few weeks ripping all of his music to his iPod. I even put a lot of Pearl Jam songs on there.
This is around the time of the year that he started that job 6 years ago. He tells me that he still uses his iPod every day at work. Every once in a while I’ll get a text or email with a lyric from a Pearl Jam song that he’s discovered or gotten into lately. Today he sent me lyrics from a song called “Wishlist” and I immediately starting getting nostalgic.
Man, why are most of my close friends so far away?