“リンダリンダ (The Blue Hearts Cover)”
Live at The Smell 1.20.13
This was the conclusion to one of the greatest weekends ever. Meeting a lot of friends for the first time and being surrounded by a sense of positive energy that only inevitably instilled into us that our lives together are headed in a direction of greater things to come.
I wish to spare any personal details, but only for the fact that this video right here sums up many of my feelings for not only the things I witnessed these past two days, but how I’ve come to sense a feeling of validation in concern with music and friends.
I briefly mentioned to Pedro last night when I saw the film Linda Linda Linda about several years ago and I heard this song. It was one of those things that I wished to share with others, to not only connect at the point of similar interests (which I find to only do that is a shallow basis for a friendship with anyone), but more importantly, to relate at the interpretive emotional level that such an interest presents, as such a level of understanding is what shows that raw, human connection that is important.
When I think about who I am, I think mostly about Zoom Lens. This is something I always remain humble about often, and I’ve felt hard-pressed to talk about such a thing. I believe with talk comes ego, so I often pull up my guard and speak with hesitation. Zoom Lens is not nearly where I want it to be and in scope of size in comparison to other successful musicians and artists, it is extremely miniscule.
However, I’ve realized that a lot of the things I’ve wanted to accomplish on a personal level have already come true. To meet people with those similar interests who feel the same emotional sentiment behind those interests.
If someone ever told me that in a year or two, I would meet someone over the Internet in a chiptune group only a few hours North of me, who loves Japanese idol culture and likes to end his sets with a cover of “Linda Linda,” then I wouldn’t have believed that. That I would walk through Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, constantly being alert for outdated VHS and laserdiscs, cheap manga from the 80’s and marked-down cassettes from Pony Canyon, with someone who had the same motivation for these sort of “artifacts.” I wouldn’t believe that.
But I did just this weekend, and if I hadn’t cared enough to push with my label and obsessively promote my personal interests for this past year or so, I wouldn’t have met such an inspiring person, nor anyone else who I’ve ever met through music and the Internet.
This post isn’t really just about Slime Girls though, it’s about anyone who I’ve ever met through just being a loser on the Internet who wears both his heart and his hobbies on his sleeve.
So I’m happy to have met Grace and Ben as well, who are both equally as amazing people too. Of course, I’ve met many people during these past few months as well who I do not wish to discredit, and I’m sure they already know who they are. Those who I could even consider family, those who I consider friends, acquaintances, and even lovers. And hopefully, I will only cross paths with more of those people in the future.
Music and the Internet is such a beautiful thing, and I am very appreciative of everyone and everything around me. I think whatever any of us do, or wherever we go, we’ll be getting there together and be doing it in our own way. It’s a very exciting time.