I haven’t cried at a concert or show in a long time despite being the type of person to cry to music a lot. Maybe it’s been a whirlwind year and I have cried too many times already, maybe I need to rethink my musical choices. Who knows, really. Yet, something about History Theatre’s Complicated Fun, a theatrical and musical ode to the MN music scene of the 80s and 90s struck me with an immense amount of nostalgia and pride, enough to move me into quiet sobs. I wasn’t alive when The Replacements vs. Husker Du debate raged so vibrantly or when First Ave had more all ages shows. When the play ended and the house cleared, I was sitting with my parents as Semisonic’s “Closing Time” played through the speakers. “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” Dan Wilson crooned.
The Minnesota music scene I grew up in is haunted proudly by musicians and bands featured in Complicated Fun and their impact on current artists from Doomtree to Bruise Violet to Hippo Campus, so why cry? I cry because I am leaving GMN, THE GARAGE, and the MN scene where it is possible that I run into my favorite artists at Hymie’s Records. I realize that the heyday of the Minnesota music scene never ended, but still goes on. As I listen to “Closing Time” now, there is something about that lyric “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” that applies to my time with Garage Music News and the music scene I love. I didn’t quite grasp it as I was exiting the History Theatre, but now it sticks out as my last meeting of GMN has passed. Leaving THE GARAGE, this place of music and life, is not easy. I am not going home, I am going to college soon. It’s obvious that I am not staying here. And that fact deserves tears and reflection, but also a couple other things: gratitude and hope.
I want to thank Logan Adams, the amazing Education Director of Twin Cities Catalyst Music for giving me this position and for guiding me these past four years as a writer and editor. Thank you to all our writers and photographers at GMN for going with me and creating an amazing, amazing publication. You guys deserve so much recognition and all the accolades you can get. GMN is nothing without everyone involved and the Jonas Brothers.
My time with GMN started four years ago and it is now closing time for me as Managing Editor. I have looked back enough and want to look forward at the scene I am leaving for the foreseeable future. I can’t wait to see where GMN goes with a new Managing Editor, Lizzie, and staff members. So as I sign off and head out for a new home and a new scene, I want to take a moment and appreciate everything this Minnesota music scene has to offer. Without it, I really wouldn’t be the person I am. Though I am ready to take on the Pacific Northwest music scene, Minnesota will literally and figuratively always be with me in everything I do (I got a Jeremy Messersmith themed tattoo).
So here’s to not going home and not staying here, even if it is bittersweet! Here’s a playlist that the staff at GMN made with music that we all listened to together.
Stay groovy and support your local scene!