In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

We met and spent 6 straight days together more than 7 years ago.  He lived out of town and after talking for about a year, it was nice to spend real time together.  We talked a lot, cooked food, and played each other our repertoires on guitar.  But at the end of his stay, it was time to leave the city and go back to the job he was less than fond of.  The escape was nice… but his return to reality brought him down.

I wanted to record something to remind him that life can be appreciated and there is always something good to feel in the every-day mundane phases we go through.  This cover is a song by Neutral Milk Hotel – one of my all-time favourite bands.  It’s a little rough around the edges (and I kind of screwed up a lyric, hehe), but captures the essence of that period in time.

A number of years ago, my uncle passed away.  His wake was unconventional.  We all sat in a big photography studio in a giant circle of chairs and spoke of our memories.  It was sad and uplifting. I learned so much about him that day through his second family – his co-workers.

Once we were all talked out and all cried out, we sat in silence and this song was played over the speaker system. I had hesitated sharing the recording, but the moment it started playing, I was so happy I had.  My uncle introduced me to Neutral Milk Hotel many, many years ago.  It ended the moment on the perfect note.

Shela…

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