Song #65: Penguins Kill Polar Bears – “Something Old”

October 29, 2020
Song #65: Penguins Kill Polar Bears – “Something Old”

My oldest son was in high school when we put out Vessels & Veins by Penguins Kill Polar Bears, back in 2011. At that age, he and I bonded over music; he liked some of the emo and heavier commercial rock that was leftover in my library from our “dark period,” and as I began to emerge from that, we both developed soft spots for some of the post-rock bands that were popular at the time, like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Those dramatic blasts of loudness that emerge from the quiet spots hit us both in the right place, I guess.

For this reason, his favorite Dromedary band was Penguins Kill Polar Bears. It seemed that he was pretty into the fact that his old man was working with a post-rock band from Scotland, and he talked about them and listened to them a lot.

He’s an adult now, and he’s just signed a lease on an apartment in Philadelphia. He’s moving in with his girlfriend, who we love, and who has a job that can take her there. For him, it’s an exciting adventure, and a step into adulthood that really excites him.

I have never entertained the idea that he would move far from us. He just always seemed like the one that would stay nearby. When we moved to the Hudson Valley, he came along. Our other two kids – who we always assumed would go – fell in love with our new community, and they are going to stay. It’s like, by moving here, we gained two that I thought we’d lose, but lost one I thought we’d keep. I’m not sure where to file this in my brain.

I’m so very proud of him for taking such a huge step, but man, I’m going to miss him. I miss him already, and he’s still here. We’re a super-tight family; we are all each other’s best friends, and I am most definitely happiest when we are all together. It is going to be weird, not seeing him every day, not giving him giant bear hugs all the time.

At the same time, that’s why you make people. You make these little tiny people so they can get big and leave. Sort of a weird thing.

Anyway, when reviewing Dromedary titles for this little creative exercise, I realized that I released a song called “Something Old,” and another called “Something New,” by two different bands, which is Something Weird. So we’ll do “Something Old” today, because today I most definitely feel like something old. Tomorrow, I will do something new.

~ by Al on October 29, 2020.

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