I jumped on a Greyhound and moved to Hollywood, California when I was nineteen years old. I had all the usual reasons shoved deep into my front pocket (i.e., Fortune, Fame, and Rock n’ Roll), and enough youthful unction to actually give it a go too. The year was 1992. My time spent there was enlightening, to say the least. I learned more than I ever could have in a college classroom. It was, however, a short-lived experience. A very familiar lookin’ Greyhound took me home in 1994. I wasn’t the same. You can’t go home again, it’s true. Home may or may not have changed, but you definitely do! No, you can’t literally go home again. I changed, and drastically so. Too, I began my full-time study of Christianity in 1996.
The soundtrack for my entire experience in Hollywood, California was two debut albums: Pearl Jam’s Ten and Blind Melon’s Blind Melon. Neither album traveled back to Pennsylvania with me; I pawned them both, to buy a hamburger meal at McDonalds.
Today is the official end of seminary classes for me. I have been studying Christianity full-time since 1996. It has been an incredible journey. I met my wife, started a family, built some credit, and danced with God the entire way. I’m thankful, and more than ready to begin the next phase of this amazing dance with God. My commissioning service is coming up in a week or so, at my church. I’m being sent, and I’m happy to go! So, to celebrate, I went to the record store yesterday and grabbed another copy of Blind Melon’s awesome debut album. It’s been awhile. I am going home again, after ten plus years of some serious dancing with God, but again, home’s not the same, and I’m not the same. The music is still there though! Sometimes that is enough too. Here’s to life’s soundtracks!
Thank you for the tunes & RIP: Shannon Hoon.