Music and places
Much like certain thoughts being tied to places, I’ll often tie music to places. Here’s some notable moments, places and their soundtracks:
- Anything in Return (2013) by Toro y Moi. I used to listen to this album driving out to Bolinas Ridge while I was home from college on winter and spring breaks. I’d play this album and race up Fairfax-Bolinas road way too fast, then watch the sunset over the Pacific. The next day I’d get on a plane and fly back to Pennsylvania.
- Boo Boo (2017) by Toro y Moi. Like Anything in Return, I had a kind of ritual with this album. I’d listen to it as I was flying from Pittsburgh back to the Bay Area, and would start playing it right as we crossed the Nevada-California border. The same soundtrack would play as we flew over the Sierra, foothills, valley, delta, and bay.
- Cop Lights from Light as Leaving (2019) by Orchid Mantis. I randomly decided one day to take a day trip up to the area in the Sierra my family and I usually spend the summer. I’d never seen it in the winter and wanted to explore. So I got up early one morning and drove across the valley and up the mountain, finding myself alone around a very quiet and still Ice House Reservoir. On the way back I tuned into Davis’ radio station and this song came on as the sun lowered in the sky. There was something very meditative about that moment, and the day.
Thinking of a Place from A Deeper Understanding (2017) by The War on Drugs. I was listening to The War on Drugs as I drove across Pennsylvannia to my partner’s house in Virginia. I was leaving college for good; I’d packed up my stuff in the car and said goodbye to my friends. As I was driving through the Appalachians I was feeling a poignant mix of nostalgia and excitement, memories of the past four years and uncertainty for the time ahead. It was a beautiful drive.