I used to think it was really dorky to walk down the street with your iPod on. I thought those people were right tryhards. ‘Look at me with my nifty gadget. Check out how I’ve discreetly tucked the headphones under my shirt, yet still let that telltale white cord snake out over my collar. Man I’m cool.’
Perhaps it is still dorky, and perhaps it is still a real tryhard thing to do, or maybe it never was, but I’ve found myself doing it more and more lately. Sometimes it’s nice to drown out traffic and people and just go about your business with the company of a good tune. When I’ve got jobs on down the street, all the boring stuff like a trip to the bank or strolling the supermarket aisles can be made a lot more pleasant if I’m listening to Okkervil River or Hello Saferide or The Felice Brothers.
Whenever I see somebody else doing a similar thing, I often want to ask them what they’re listening to. Are they just beginning to discover the bewitching magic of Elbow?
Are they reliving a tune from their childhood?
Are they listening to a bluegrass cover?
Are they cruisin’ to a nightclub staple?
Are they overdosing on the 80’s?
Are they wishing they were born decades earlier?
Are they channelling their inner rock chick?
Are they remembering their first album purchase?
Are they listening to somebody else’s iPod?
Are they mentally playing air guitar?
Are they wondering the same thing about you?