Chicago, IL is not a city but more of a relationship. One where it dazzles you with its knowledge, variety of sights, flavors & people and its opportunity. You just want to run around the city and explore all it has to offer when you are not working on the next big thing.
Once the flush of new love is over the truth of the cold mile long walks from the metro, the expenses that are twice the income and Chicago’s friends that don’t like you much and tell Chicago it could do better start to sink in. So you spend more time in Pilsen, Naperville, & St. Charles with the Art kids and realize one double winter after an economic crash you need a new start.
The time was 2008, the music was indie and emo, the clothing was layers of vests, babydoll tops, leather boots and so many hats.
The themes of housing, Miami in December, music venues, what is out of style, what was after the after party, who got a new job at the silicon valley company downtown and online dating which all ended when the market crashed.
Unrequited Love Can Be So Cold
- Stars “Your Ex-Lover is Dead”
- Surfjan Stevens “Chicago”
- William Shatner “Common People”
- Optaganally Yours “I’m Bad at Sports”
- MGMT “Time to Pretend”
- The BPA “Toe Jam”
- We Are Scientists “After Hours”
- Passion Pit “Sleepyhead”
- Scroobius Pip “Thou Shalt Always Kill”
- Lelia Boussard “Hipster Bitch”
- Get Set Go “Die, Motherfucker, Die”
- Neon Trees “Animal”
- Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
- Stars “Dead Hearts”
- The Postal Service “Such Great Heights”
- Devotchka “How it Ends”
- Gold Motel “Fireworks After Midnight”
The Life Album series was taken from a talk director Cameron Crowe had where he talked about his practice of collecting mixtapes from every year indexing songs that may have not been huge hits but had resonance for him personally or emotionally. I took that as a springboard and created albums based on the mood and times I lived in different cities.