Artist: John Braden
Album: John Braden
Song: "Baptist Funeral"
MTV's Singled Out flickered on the silent Zenith screen, and a CD—Oasis, Everclear, or Bone Thugs N Harmony—would permeate the dorm room. Amid discussions that bled from late night to early morning, a quote from my friend Gweedo has followed me through the subsequent years:
"Life is a series of distractions before you die."
I have struggled more often than not to remember this thought while drifting through my daze. Recognizing life's finite window seems to only occur at great moments of loss or upheaval. That fiery epiphany roars for a moment. Much like the characters in Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru, routine is quick to extinguish the oxygen of clarity. Should we not strive to make those distractions—how ever many we get—as interesting as possible?