Tuesday, October 18, 2005

"You can't start a fire without a spark"


It's official, Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits is the soundtrack of the first chapter of my thesis. I listened to it in its entirety at least three times yesterday while working. I can't help it, once I get on these music kicks, it's all over. Last Christmas break it was Maroon 5, over the summer it was Cat Stevens, and now it's Bruce Springsteen.

I'm sure that for the rest of my life, every time I heard "Dancing in the Dark" or "Glory Days," I will think of sitting in my study carrel in the library frantically typing about the living wage. Just like everytime I hear "Ride Wit Me" I'm taken back to American History class junior year and whenever the bells play "For the Beauty of the Earth" during my internship I remember sitting at the piano in the garage when I was eight, practicing that song over and over.

I'm down to the editing portion for this chapter. Which is good, seeing how it's due tomorrow by 5pm. I also have to type up the bibliography, but that shouldn't take too long. I'm doing an analysis of successful living wage campaigns at colleges and universities and am looking at Baylor's and what's happening here. But this first chapter is just on the living wage in general and is really boring. I'm excited to actually get into the college stuff. I'm convinced that that part will be much more fun as far as the researching and writing goes. At least, that's what I've been telling myself as I've been making my way through this first chapter. I have to motivate myself somehow.

Speaking of motivation - the light at the end of the tunnel - Thursday, after this whole thesis nonsense is over, at least until the second chapter is due in December, I'm going to NYC and Philadelphia!

4 comments:

seth said...

This is what I call "sense memory" and I LIVE off of it...be it sounds, smells, tastes, sights...obviously it has to be a combination of at least two. And the nostalgia hits...the sense memory gives you the feel of something you could never recreate again but that you can cherish everytime at least two of those ingredients come together. And you can share the story.

The 3 discs of 'The Essential Bruce Springsteen' are a lifeblood, too.

Cecilia said...

Come to BOSTON!!! It's better here (and actually sunny!).

erin said...

I do the same exact thing with music. It's kinda weird, but also comforting to flash back so vividly whenever I hear stuff.

Brian said...

I hope you're having a good (productive? fun?) trip to Philly and NYC. Kirksville is as hoppin' as ever...