The first time Jay and I went to California together, we used my phone as our iPod. At the time, we were not signed up for any listening services, so we only had what was actually on my phone. He was surprised when I put Braid on.
He asked, as if to test me, what the best song on the record is. I answered, without hesitation, “A Dozen Roses.” There was a hand squeeze and smile of approval.
This is still one of my favorite memories from when we first started seeing one another.
I have a lot of fond memories of listening to Frame and Canvas, from long drives in my car to spending hours and hours writing on my grandmother’s porch, with the record on repeat in the background.
Last night I finally got to see Braid live, playing Frame and Canvas from top to bottom, with the love of my life and some of our closest friends.
There are few bands, or even records, these days that truly move me. To experience that record in the way that I did, on a perfect Sunday, summer evening - I am forever the resident emo, and this particular memory is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.