There is no person on this planet more intense than The Cure’s lead singer, Robert Smith. Or any other planet.
When It Happens would not have been possible to write without The Cure continuously playing. Almost every scene in that book is set to a Cure song in my mind. I’ve got this thing for nostalgia, but not the normal kind of nostalgia where you’re remembering stuff you’ve been through all fondly and missing it. I have the kind of nostalgia for times I never experienced. But being at The Cure concert last Friday was like senior year all over again, with the sucky parts removed.
Some people think I’m crazy for spending way too much money for a second-row floor seat at a John Mayer concert. But dude. Being close enough for Michael Stipe’s sweat to fling in my eye at an R.E.M. concert is a priceless experience. So was having fourth-row center floor seats to The Cure at Madison Square Garden. And these were a gift from SP, so even better. He’s the best boyfriend ever!
You know that stranded on a desert island game where you have to give three CDs you’d take with you to listen to for the rest of your life? I’d only take one. Disintegration. And I’d never ever get tired of it. John Mayer’s Heavier Things is like that too, but The Cure was with me back when I was surviving high school. It got me through things.
Before the concert, Laila and I made our Top Five Cure Songs lists and had a pre-concert rock out session. They played four of my songs! “Hot Hot Hot!!!,” “Close To Me,” “Pictures of You,” and my all-time fave Cure song, “Fascination Street.” When they started “Fascination Street,” I thought I might have a heart attack. I almost couldn’t take it, it was so intense.
Robert’s guitar has googly eyes. I always knew he was a kindred spirit. It has googly eyes and stars and a Parental Advisory sticker. And he totally made eye contact with me. But that’s not something you look at through a camera lens.
Nights like these are ones I will never forget. So when I have nostalgia for this time in my life twenty years from now, I’ll have real things to remember.