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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Someone Left their Staind in the Parking Lot

posted by on October 22 at 15:28 PM


People sometimes lose music. People sometimes leave music behind. See Air Supply in Cal Anderson Park, Velvet Underground in a Fremont bathroom, 2Pac in a drugstore, and Laura Branigan on top of a gas pump.

Music that is outdated or presented in an outdated format, such as cassette, may become less special to people. It has lost its pressing gusto and sadly, at times, is expendable. Even though 2Pac is the rap risen Jesus / Makaveli, the cassette renders him less vital, less impressive, less cutting edge thug.

So yesterday, in the Safeway parking lot on 15th and E. John, I was not surprised to find a Staind CD lying exposed in the dirt. The CD was without a case. It was wet, muddy, and ruined. A leaf sat on it like a leech. I raised it to my shirt, and even though Staind sucks beyond all comprehension, I dried it and left it in plain view for someone to reclaim. The CD suckled from my dryness, ashamed, and badly wanted to be played again.

At one point, someone loved this CD. At one point it was new. In the video for ďItís Been a WhileĒ, Staind singer Aaron Lewis is tortured and pained. Heís paind. He writes a letter, has tatts, and smokes cigarettes in a tortured and cool way. He smokes cigarettes in that ĎIíve sold millions of albums but Iím torturedí type of way.

At one point, this CD that was left cold and naked in the Seattle rain made someone as cool and tortured as Aaron Lewis. Itís been a while, since someone played this CD. Itís been a while, since the CD could stand on its own two feet again.

Someone, find it, let it suckle from your dryness. Let it be tortured for you.

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Back when cassettes were much more available, it was so common to find unraveled tape spread all over the streets, lawns, in the gutter, etc. And I always wondered what sounds were on those thin brown threads, now completely useless.

Anyone ever recall losing a record? I have left the Boomtown Rats, Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," and "The Walker Brothers' Greatest Hits" somewhere in Seattle for some lucky soul(s) to find.

Posted by Chris Estey | October 22, 2008 6:27 PM

I have a friend who leaves super wrong and super random CDs in the Starbucks music bins. Sharing *IS* caring!

Posted by KELLY O | October 22, 2008 9:04 PM

Trent, I will suckle you. You don't even have to be dry.

Posted by Elll | October 22, 2008 9:57 PM

my mom leaves democrat-leaning magazines in the lobby of Bethesda Navy Hospital so that there's something other than Guns and Ammo.

I love my Mom :D

Posted by WOLF BLITZER: SPECIAL REPORT | October 22, 2008 10:26 PM

so paind and draind when it raind

Posted by flowerpuff | October 22, 2008 10:29 PM


Posted by DURANGED PITT | October 23, 2008 6:49 AM

what's a CD?

Posted by jon.e.rock | October 23, 2008 8:20 AM

It's an uppity white neighborhood east of Capitol Hill.

Posted by Chente In Mexico | October 23, 2008 9:30 AM

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