I guess I can’t keep just saying “Me” without saying who me is, er… I am. So here goes:
I was born in 1980 and moved around a bunch. My family had diverging tastes in music; my parents listened to the oldies stations (50s, 60s, and early 70s) so early on I developed an appreciation for Motown and straight up rock and roll. Chuck Berry, Elvis, the Beatles, James Brown, Jim Croce, Guess Who, the Hollies, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and all the top 40 hits of the era. My older brother (by 7 years) was really into Madonna, Michael and Janet Jackson, BoyzIIMen, Paula Abdul, Amy Grant, Deep Forest, Enya, and Sophie B. Hawkins (YES, he is–it still somehow surprised my family lol). I also grew up in the southwest, sometimes in the rougher parts of town with kids that aspired to be punk ass gangsters. When I was in the 8th grade Snoop and Nate were THE Doggs, and as a preteen boy I too wished to see ’em under glass. Mexican and Native American cultures are infused into everything in the southwest, sometimes disrespectfully. Fuck it, most of the time it’s disrespectful. The food, the music, the imagery, the incredible landscape, the Mountains, and the desert; these things are a part of my world view and influence everything I do. If you’re educated, that last sentence about worldview might clue you into my background in anthropology. It’s my minor, but I took all the courses offered at CCC and then some at the U of A; it has coincidentally (but not ironically!) colored my worldview’s worldview and now I can’t not look at cultures through this lens. My major is in history with particular focuses on the Latin America and the Middle East, the shadow economy (untaxed income generated by organized crime), utopian dogma (would take too long to explain), and, quite accidentally, the colonial Americas. To you that may seem totally random or totally brilliant, to me it’s both. I have unofficially (outside of an accredited institution) studied the history of Japan, inspired by James’s Clavell’s novels, particularly Shogun and the miniseries based on it. It’s the longest book I have ever read cover to cover (some 900 pages) and I’ve read it at least three times straight thru. Why would a person do that? Well, when YOU are alone in a cabin in a cove off an island in the wilds of Alaska with only books and a guitar to entertain you we’ll see what YOU read over and over and over and over and over again (a longer story than that sentence). Where was I going with this? Oh, right. I travel. Some might say I’m an adventurer (no one says that), but I simply live by the axiom that we have but one life to live and that I want to try as much as possible before my electricity dissipates and vacates this corporeal shell. Trying things led to mind altering experiences, which naturally led to a love of Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, The Doobie Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and a lot of other groups with “the” in their names (’twas an egotistical era of progressive rock). These experiences also led to raving (not the rabid or loony kind) and an admittedly sick addiction to electronic beats and synth rock. I’d list a bunch of DJ names here, but no one knows who they all are and frankly I barely remember them; needful to say that I was NOT into Moby or the Chemical/Dust Brothers, I was more into the Robert Miles side of things if you catch my drift. This developed into a love of techno, then jungle, then house, then down-tempo like DJ Krush, and then downtempo with MCs like LTJ Bukem and KRS-One. Which brought me back around to the Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, Del, and Heiroglyphics. Somewhere toward the last decade I met a good woman and decided I was done with that drifting vagabond bull shit and stopped being so “adventurous”, in baby steps mind you. I got progressively better jobs and pursued an education, learned to learn, and learned to like learning. I spend a lot of time doing what you can call “tangential research”; Japan, serial killers, smuggling, getting a handle on geography and exposing myself to various cultures around the world. I have a sizable collection of music that can clear a party such as Bhajan devotionals, Japanese flutes, or Bedouin tribal music–and I enjoy listening to them. Oh, and I play a lot of video games and like Star Wars as does every good red blooded Earthling boy.
What does this all add up to?