Category: nirvana

Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

Nostalgia is a hell of a drug. It’s the manifestation of an idealized past that never truly existed. I think about nostalgia a lot, whether it’s the Johnny’s pizza or Whataburger I always want to get when I head back to Louisiana or the “carefree” days of riding my bike to the mall to spend money at the arcade. No matter what the nostalgia, … Read More Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

Nirvana Shirts, Clerks III, and Growing Up

Walking around campus, I inevitably see students wearing Nirvana, Sublime, and other 90s band t-shirts. Whenever I see these shirts, I have an tinge of nostalgia, and almost immediately, I start thinking about specific songs. Yet, I also think, “Does this student even know the band they are representing?” The answer to this question, usually, is a resounding, “No!” One day, I saw a … Read More Nirvana Shirts, Clerks III, and Growing Up

Nirvana’s “Nevermind” at 30 and Me

Thirty years ago, on September 24, 1991, Nirvana’s Nevermind dropped like a sonic bomb into the world. I don’t remember what my thirteen-year-old self did that day, apart from go to school. I didn’t even listen to Nevermind till a few years later in 1994. Yet, I know the impact that the album and Nirvana had on my sensibilities. Nirvana introduced me to bands … Read More Nirvana’s “Nevermind” at 30 and Me


Cathartic Destruction

For all of the music I produced, I only recorded in a studio once, during college. I was in a ska band, and we saved up enough money to book some time at a local studio. During one of the songs, it was my turn to track the guitar solo. I went into the booth, put the headphones on, and played what I normally … Read More Cathartic Destruction

Playing Around the Note: Leadbelly and Me

Statue of Leadbelly in downtown Shreveport, LA “Man, this sucks,” I remember thinking as the sounds of a tin can voice and guitar made their ways to my ears. Sitting on that stool in Blockbuster Music, I did not fully understand why the artist I was currently listening to had such a huge impact on the band that helped to define my musical palette. … Read More Playing Around the Note: Leadbelly and Me