Bye, bye pride

It was an evening flight out of Boston. The fasten seatbelt sign was switched off as the plane rose above the clouds and I was greeted with the sight of a gorgeous sunset to the west as I reached for my noise-cancelling headphones.

Normally I’d spend the time catching up on my podcasts but I felt like hearing some music. Specifically, I wanted to hear The Go-Betweens, having spent the day hanging out Chloe, fellow web developer and Go-Betweens fan. I listened to Bachelor Kisses as the last rays of sun streamed across the clouds and into the cabin.

Don’t believe what you’ve heard,
Faithful’s not a bad word.

Have you ever noticed the way that your emotional reactions can be heightened when you’re on an airplane? Like when you watch a sappy movie that would normally evoke a cynical sneer but you find yourself blinking away tears instead. Maybe it’s something to do with the amount of oxygen, or maybe it’s something to do with the cabin pressure. Or maybe it’s the feeling that your soul is trailing behind you, as William Gibson described in Pattern Recognition:

She knows, now, absolutely, hearing the white noise that is London, that Damien’s theory of jet lag is correct: that her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here, hundreds of thousands of feet above the Atlantic. Souls can’t move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage.

Admittedly, Bachelor Kisses is such a beautiful song that it could make me tear up at the best of times.

Exactly five years ago to the day I found out via text message that Grant McLellan had died. He will never write any more songs.

Maybe it was that thought that was bringing tears to my eyes. Maybe.

Have you published a response to this? :

Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote The Medium is the Mess

Scribbling in the margins of the rule book.

12 years ago I wrote Why You Should Have a Web Site

Liveblogging a presentation by Steven Pemberton at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

12 years ago I wrote Data Portability For Whom?

Liveblogging a talk by Gavin Bell at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

12 years ago I wrote Ni Hao, Monde: Connecting Communities Across Cultural and Linguistic Boundaries

Liveblogging a presentation by Simon Batistoni at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

12 years ago I wrote AMEE — The World’s Energy Meter

Liveblogging a talk by Gavin Starks at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

14 years ago I wrote The waste (memory wastes)

Grant McLennan RIP

16 years ago I wrote Brighton rock

The Brighton Festival is in full swing. Everywhere you look, there’s theatre, music, dance and art.

17 years ago I wrote Malkovich, Malkovich

Malkovich this Malkovich.