Still, it's one attribute I truly enjoy in life. Right now...I am listening to the Cleptomaniacs white label remix of All I Do by Stevie Wonder. Classic anthemy house from like '99-'00. Earlier, I listened to a Minidisc recording of myself mixing house, jungle, and also cutting. The scratching was crazy cause...I used to be good! That's ALL I used to do though. I really didn't learn to mix for awhile, and it shows. Wow. The DnB/house sections of that recording are absolutely TERRIBLE.
Nevertheless...those were some early records I bought. Some of the first house records I ever bought too. So, I got nostalgic. And having a nice, clean room...I decided to check out my old PC - and the glory of my old, Napster downloaded MP3s. Most of the good ones I have on my laptop, but there's still oh...a TON I didn't categorize from Napster and Audiogalaxy. These songs bring back amazing memories to me. I remember not only the raves and whatnot, but also just time periods. When I first started hanging out with Shila and company, this is what I was listening to. I remember crisp fall nights at Knotts Scary Farm, or allnighters downloading music and then a Denny's trip at 6 or 7am with Mike and Jeff. Or burning a CD for Shila for our first Valentines Day with a Junior Sanchez song on it.
Wow, here's one that really brings back memories.
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Disco Babes From Outer Space Mix).
Probably the first house song I ever downloaded...or a very early one. And man - see...nowadays, I'd probably dismiss this song as cheese, but it's good. Ah, nevermind that, I still like Don't Call Me Baby, and I still like DJ Dan. Hahah.
Oh the days of downloading songs before I knew producers...just searching "DJ Dan" or "Donald Glaude" or "Mark Farina", etc. Anyway, that was a pretty good time in my life, and I like having things that bring me back to it. I was young, stupid, fresh out of high school, and had just met not only the girl who I would end up spending YEARS with, but also a whole new group of friends who I still hang with. Funny thing about that time is, while Asher, Marco, Greg and I were close, I was still close with Jason, Jeff, and Mike...and shortly thereafter we lost touch. It was sort of a turning point in my life. I left behind the friends I'd had since grade school, and started hanging with new people who better suited my interests and goals in life. My parents said it would happen - but I never believed them. Sure enough, it did. It takes one until they're in their 20s, I think, to recognize the wisdom and experience of parents. At least, that's what it took me.
I'm shocked how much simple songs can bring back for me though. That was a good time. Working at Alert. Hanging with Shila, Pam, UV, Luce, Kenn, etc. Having my old Accord. Really, coming into my own. It was a good time, most definitely. I came across a party flyer today while cleaning my room. That's nothing new, I have em scattered around everywhere. But it was Oasis - from September 9th, 2000. An outdoor party where I ended up crashing my car afterwards on the way home. Funny how that, too, brought back memories. It was a great summer up until that point, haha. Anyway, that was almost 5 years ago, and unlike most things that happened that year, it really feels like it's been about that long. I feel like a whole new person, with a whole new sense of what is and what isn't important in life. I can't really explain it. But it's cool.
Anyway...nostalgia is great, because it's nostalgia. I had some fun times back then, and I'd do it again, but I'm very happy where I'm at now too. No way I give up what I have now for what I had then. Also, I tend to think my perceptions of how things were back then were skewed slightly...if I were to be in the same situation now, what would I think? Would I like this music? Probably, but who knows?
Anyway, enough of that.
I'm happy, cause my room is clean and I'm gonna sleep in clean sheets. And tomorrow, I'm gonna get my tables set up nicely in here again and have at it. Right now, things are great...and I love it. I'm organized in my finances due to my Lifedrive, have an ample amount of money currently (with DJ jobs and HOPEFULLY camera stuff on the way from Shila's work too), and am okay with how I've been doing in life. I can't fault myself for not having a job. I'm doing my best. I need to attack this problem differently, I think, but nonetheless, I'm satisfied with how I'm doing...I'm active. I'm running. I have a sort of new lease on life, so to speak. Things are quite good (*knocking wood*).
Asher, Ayaz, Marco and I are planning a Hurricane Katrina benefit @ The Harmony Sweet. Nothing fancy, just cheap music ala us and maybe Marco's hip hop group...really, it's going to be fun, and it's going to be cheap. I hope some of you can make it.
It does me good to see these wonderful pictures I have around me in my room. Like I said, Nostalgia is great. I have a picture of the Alert crew, Shila and I in December of 2000, Shila and I in Summer of 2001, and Shila from Spring of 2001. I cherish these pictures...they're actual processed film, as opposed to the digital camera pictures I have now (which are great too, cause there are more of them, but still...) and they're awesome to have around me and look at to realize how truly lucky I am. Oh, and I just caught a glimpse of me and Shila at Disneyland on my birthday this year. And the flyers above my DJ setup for parties I've played at and/or thrown. Good times, good times.
How I love nostalgia.