Earlier this week, Ian Cohen interviewed the young musician Jackson Scott for Pitchfork. Reading the interview I could not get out of my mind that we were a stone’s throw away. Well a really long stone’s throw, considering I am a few hours from Asheville, North Carolina on the other side of the state. But no matter the actual distance between us, I wanted to reach out to this somehow younger than me kid who was interviewed.
The school that Scott calls home, UNC Asheville, was a college that I visited a few years ago when looking for a small liberal arts schools in North Carolina. The school was fine but I would say my lack of enthusiasm had more to do with the cloudy fall day I visited, than the school itself.
Once I started reading Scott’s interview a thought immediately jumped into my mind: “We could have gone to the same school”. Would we have had any classes together? Would I have known about the music he was making? Or would I have woken up one day to find out that a guy I had first year English with was being interviewed by Pitchfork. Who knows, but I’d like to envision a stilted conversation where I say “I saw your feature on Pitchfork”. Then awkwardly mention that I had written for the same site, grasping, despite our geographical closeness, for a point that connected us.