A year after graduating from college and I’m still in the same place – working a food service job and doing the journalism and writing thing on the side, whenever I have free time from doing the band thing. Lately I’ve had feelings of insecurity about the relationship that one has at this stage in life with one’s career, or the lack of it. I’ve spent this past year concerned with becoming a better musician and avoiding the job search, and I’m trying to understand why I’m not as focused on pursuing a career as some of my peers.
People always ask about what Indianapolis and also Indiana as a whole have to offer in terms of DIY music. While we don’t have the numbers or the community of many cities in the U.S., we certainly make up for that with some killer bands. It’s easy to play music here – rent is cheap and basements are common, making house shows a weekend point of interest.
The Yellow Dogs -
I only discovered this band today because of an incident in which two of the members were killed in a Brooklyn shooting. They moved from Tehran, Iran to develop their already swelling chops as a danceable, inventive rock four-piece, facing what had to be a large amount of adversity since they decided to pursue music as a career.
Since I was fourteen years old I had this vague dream of someday playing in a band that toured and this past Summer, nine years after I picked up my own electric guitar for the first time, I did that.
We’ve begun. On Wednesday we played a really solid show in Columbus, Ohio with Vacation, Priests and Nervosas. It was one of those very special times when you sit back after playing and fall in love with all of the other bands. This positive experience is sure to be outweighed by a negative show down the road, but for now I’m soaking it in, since it was only my third show with them.
It’s been a year since I left Ball State University and I’d like to reflect on that. Although I didn’t officially graduate until July, I’ve put a lot of distance between myself and school since last May. Here are some of the things about my life post-graduation: