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    West of the fields, long gone

    So I met Colin Meloy last night...

    He and his wife were in my neck of the woods for a book-reading/signing event... they collaborated on a young-adult fantasy book, called Wildwood. They told an interesting story of how the book came about, and it was great to see them in a very small bookstore setting like that.

    So later, while they were signing 3 books for my lovely wife, I shook hands with Colin and talked with him briefly about REM. I told him the story about how, half a lifetime ago, I had talked Peter Buck into buying his first CD player. That raised his eyebrow. "Really? How'd you do that?" he asked, knowing what a vinyl freak Peter was (and is).

    I gave him the short version of the story, which takes place in a bar in Athens, Ga. in 1985 and culminates in my telling PB that the new Mission of Burma album was only going to be released on CD. Without missing a beat, he (Colin Meloy) looks me straight in the eye and says "Oh yeah, was that the 80-minute compilation that wouldn't play on some players?" I said no (it was actually Horrible Truth), but it showed me how sharp and engaged he was just to ask that question after talking for a solid hour and then signing dozens and dozens of books for legions of flannel-clad hipsters at a sleepy suburban bookstore.

    I wished them both luck, thanked them both for the autographs, and beat it.

    [Note: That's not me on the right of the photo.]

    Mr. MidFi
    Master of the Obvious

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    Big science. Hallelujah. noddin0ff's Avatar
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    Mar 2004
    That's pretty cool. I was listening to him on the Wait, wait podcast and was totally impressed by how quick he was. The guy's got sumpin goin' on upstairs.

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    slightly, all the time jonnyhambone's Avatar
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    cool - good to see good people doing well. I went to school with both of them - esp. with Carson (Colin's wife) as she was getting her BFA in painting while I was too. Several years later, I hadn't heard The Decemberists yet and saw Carson's painting on a cd (Castaways and Cutouts). Bought it 'cuz of that and low and behold - cool tunes!

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    Musicaholic Forums Moderator ForeverAutumn's Avatar
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    Jan 2003
    That's very cool. He probably enjoyed having someone to talk to that had a cool story to tell rather than the usual "I love your music, man" stuff that he probably hears all the time.

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    Cool story bro!

    Seeing them live a few years back was fantastic and they really impressed me. I'd see them again if I had the opportunity.
    I call my bathroom Jim instead of John so I can tell people that I go to the Jim first thing every morning.

    If you say the word 'gullible' very slowly it sounds just like oranges.

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