Liner Notes Archive

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This essay was originally published by The Washington Post.

If I could offer one piece of unsolicited advice to new parents, it would be to think through your bedtime song selections with an eye to when that partially formed newborn cooing in your arms weighs 100 pounds and can beat you at chess.

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Wondering what it will feel like to see The Replacements again after almost 30 years. Will I be back in high school, before my father died, before Gomez died, before the weight of adulthood bore down so ferociously?

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Some music just sounds better in certain settings. Like seeing an animal in its natural habitat instead of in a zoo. Over time, I have developed a musical geography of sorts, mapping the places where I hear certain songs more clearly and which, as a result, have become inextricably bound up with those songs in a way that is now impossible to untangle.

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