Divad’s Soundtrack #42: January-February 2003

2003 got off to a great start. I spent New Year’s Day and a week or so beyond that in Hawaii, and then returned to California to settle into the new apartment Tim and I had just moved into. I was excited to actually live in San Gabriel, closer to the community of random friends I had cultivated at church. Saying goodbye to Christine at the end of that trip was difficult as always, but this time, it was mitigated by the fact that she would be moving to California to be with me on a daily basis within the next few months.

In with the New:
Evanescence
Grits
The Flaming Lips
Jeremy Camp
38th Parallel
Norah Jones

Out with the Old:
Bleach
Nina Gordon

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Divad’s Soundtrack #40: September-October 2002

The fall of 2002 was the longest period of separation for me and Christine, and the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing the other person during a relationship (I only have one other long-term relationship to compare to, and the longest I was ever away from Sharon was a month or so during that summer on Catalina Island in 1999). In some senses, it was agonizing, but at the same time, I was having a lot of fun.

In with the New:
John Mayer
Peter Gabriel
Sara Groves
Over the Rhine

Out with the Old:
Remy Zero
Salvador
Jeff Deyo
All Together Separate

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Divad’s Soundtrack #26: May-June 2000

There’s so much joy and beauty that comes rushing back when I listen to this one. I finally had my own car, and could explore all I wanted in my free time, which led to a lot of peaceful afternoons spent hiking and impromptu visits with friends. Despite my fears that the summer ahead would be lonely without Sharon around, it turned out to feel like my first real summer of freedom. I also get strong memories of my wide-eyed wonder as I got to visit places I’d never seen before.

In with the New:
Nine Days
Earthsuit
Aleixa
Nina Gordon
All Together Separate

Out with the Old:
Mukala

It Was Worth a Try:
Philmore
Waterdeep

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Divad’s Soundtrack #23: October-December 1999

Things finally started to stabilize as 1999 drew to a close, but even as I startled to settle into the “normal adult world”, I still felt a lot of pressure and this sense of time running out, as if I would be old and have missed out on most of my life before I had a chance to realize what was going on. I felt like my prayers about how I’d be provided for were being answered, and yet I couldn’t calm down and be at peace despite no longer having the job search looming over my head. I think I had just been used to the stress for so long that my system had adopted worry as my default mood. Now I needed to figure out how to get out of that mode and learn to enjoy life again, which wouldn’t happen until midway through the following year.

In with the New:
Pete Stewart (as a solo artist – appears earlier with Grammatrain)
The Insyderz

Out with the Old:
Plaid
The Waiting

It Was Worth a Try:
FFH

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Divad’s Soundtrack #10: January-March 1997

1997 would prove to be a tough year for me. There was a disappointing failed attempt to return to Joshua Tree for Spring Break (a trip which I helped to plan and didn’t even get to go on), further distance between me and a close friend due a crush that just wouldn’t go away, and just a lot of tough questions I would ask myself as I sat in my philosophy and creative writing classes and played metaphysical mind games with myself. Not that it was the classes’ fault – they were just exploring the thoughts of different writers, not trying to tell us definitively that any of their writings were true. It was another way to get to questions that I needed to ask, I guess. And while the weather got lighter and summer approached again, the darkest times were, in many ways, still to come in the months ahead.

In with the New:
Sarah Jahn
Bleach

Out with the Old:
Crystal Lewis
Rich Mullins
Anointed

It Was Worth a Try:
Blues Traveler

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