I hate to give a perfect post award to someone I know, especially someone I actually hang out with. It seems kind of nepotist. There are two reasons that I am going to do it anyway. 1) I was a fan of her blog long before I met her in person and B)* I read a lot of posts and this one struck me as particularly beautiful.
I love this post that Beth wrote. Led Zeppelin is so overplayed that sometimes I forget what was so great about them. It made me remember that. It also made me remember some people that I don’t think about very often.
Every once in a while somebody will say something to me that really sticks. In Beth’s case, one friend told her that “he was looking for a woman who was ‘a queen without a king, who plays the guitar and cries and sings’,” and another referred to her as an “angel draped in mortar”.
Sometimes these things are silly. I have a very distinct memory of a guy names Rich telling me “All young girls should listen to Agnosic Front”. I also remember some guy at Mardi Gras telling me I had sexy armpits. Other times they are statements that make you learn something about yourself. In college, I was at a friend’s apartment and I was looking though one of those books that had lyrics and tablature and the piano accompanyment that went along with Pearl Jam’s album “Ten”. I asked him what a certain song sounded like and here is what he said – “You can read music.”
And he was right. But I didn’t realize it. He was trying to be a dick, but instead he changed my life.
(* Yes, I meant to number them 1 and B… it’s an homage.)