July 21, 2010 at 10:38 am (music, my life) (, , , )

Fifteen years ago, I was 16, and Sunny Day Real Estate’s “Diary” was my favorite album.  Many nights were spent driving around our tiny rural town blasting that tape over and over again.  I was in love with how vital and dramatic they sounded, and how vital and dramatic I felt.  I wore ridiculous clothes and Doc Marten boots, and after making a tragic turn into brown and pink striped hair, I dyed my hair jet black.  It looked horrible on my way-too-pale skin (people kept asking me if I was feeling better), and my horrified mother eventually agreed to pay for me to have the color removed from my hair.  I spent 8 hours in a Winston Salem salon and emerged with hair that was literally not a color- kinda grey, kinda brown, all horribly damaged.

I’m 31 now, and after about eight months of having black hair again (though I would contend it looked much better this time around), I went to a salon here in LA to have it removed again, on my own dime.  As I sat there, watching the bleach being slathered on and wondering how I would look in a few hours, I heard the opening strains of Seven, the first track on “Diary”.  The salon played the entire album, and my stylist kept asking me why I was smiling so hard.

I was smiling at how vital and dramatic it all felt.

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  1. monkeearmada said,

    Dude I have been listening to the Pink album alot lately! Funny how shit comes full circle.

    • Emily Gordon is.....Gynomite! said,

      More like In Circles, am I right?! (Sorry L)

  2. Wendy Sechrest said,

    That album WAS vital and dramatic! In Circles is still one of my favorites. God that seems so long ago.

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