Friday, December 31, 2010

Shuffle Step

Campus +  'Old White Lincoln" by The Gaslight Anthem = 3 minutes 23 seconds of my own world. Best math equation ever. Stepping my way from the JSB towards the library turns from a chore to a joy. By the time I get there maybe '9 Crimes' by Damien Rice has started playing. Is that all right?... Yeah. Being alone on that north-right bench in the middle of Pathway X has been the highlight of more than one day. People pass by, but they aren't really there. By now its probably 10:58 a.m. on a cloudy Tuesday. I guess I could take the long walk and join the huddled masses for devotional, but the more I debate it the more comfortable my uncomfortable bench becomes. Especially since a beam of sunlight just wove its way through the blanket of clouds and nestled itself on my shoulders. Perhaps I'll just stay here a while and think.
'Romeo and Juliet' by The Killers starts to snake its way up the cord from my iPod and reminds me of a girl with a different name, but somehow it's about her. I smile. So far the ol' iPod has been an excellent DJ; 3-for-3 on the day. My world nearly crumbles, though, when a way-too-twangy Brad Paisley song comes careening into my eardrums. With trained precision my hand digs into my pocket to unlock the 'hold' button and  banishes the song with a firm click of the '>>/' button.... It takes a few seconds to settle back down. By way of apology my iPod tries to shuffle its way back into my good graces with Train's 'Mississippi'.

Apology accepted.

Is it a song about a girl? Or is it about a river? Doesn't matter. It can be about whatever or whoever I want it to be about. After all, it's my world.