Lifetime | Cleveland, OH | July 2006⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - August had a lot of hope to be a great month, but here we are. On the bright side of things @lifetimenjhc is coming to DC and I’ve got my ticket ready! Want to know what this band means to me? Read the link in my bio! See yinz in the pit!
Jonah Matranga | Baltimore, MD | August 2018⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Knocked off Camden Yards and the Ottobar as places I’ve wanted to visit all in the same weekend. Jonah played Far’s Water and Solutions in its entirety. I was reminded of the first time I heard Jonah when I downloaded a onelinedrawing song off of MP3.com. A weird nostalgia trip where I remembered having Far’s “Bury White” on a mix I listened to in my parents Buick LeSabre as I drove my friends around the Mon Valley. I blew the speakers out in that car thanks to Dillinger Escape Plan’s “43% burnt.”
Blink 182 | Dallas, TX |September 2009 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Before Tom left to start a research organization to find aliens...true story. Had pizza with them before the set, 16 year old me would probably have more trouble believing the second part of this story. Photographed for Alternative Press.
The Chariot | Pittsburgh, PA | June 2006⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Texting with @zukadomis tonight reminded me of those days when you had no money, but your camera got you into the show. 100 degrees in the summer and freezing in the winter, dodging pits and stage divers. When you look at these old photos and still have that ringing in your ears from the sound bouncing off the walls. This was a fun dream to chase. I have new dreams now, but it’s very cool to watch some of my former students cover the music scene now.
My Grandmother | Donora, PA | April 2015⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - My family held the funeral for Helen Kearns (my grandmother) on Thursday morning. I’m still processing everything and probably will for quite sometime. She moved in with my family 15 years ago after the passing of my grandfather. All she wanted was just more time with him. It took 16 years for me to learn from her that sometimes you have a love that is so strong that the idea of moving on without that person seems daunting. That sometimes you’ll do anything for just more time. We lost her to Alzheimer’s, during my last visit with her she did not remember my name and I thought about how the disease takes them away from you twice. Those thoughts still haunt me. The following is the last line I wrote for her eulogy. If you would like to donate to a great cause concerning Alzheimer’s please check out @bobanddianefund. - The final thing I am learning here is I do not know exactly what is beyond our time on Earth. That I do not know if anyone hears us when we speak out into the dark late at night, but that I do know that my grandmother, Helen Kearns loved her two sons and her daughter, loved her eight grandchildren and now will get that extra time with Cas.