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The Second Mistake; HEY RC I CAN MAKE SONGS AFTER LYRICS NOW TOO (Private)
Topic Started: Feb 5 2016, 01:29 AM (1,163 Views)
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In the cosmic scheme of things, the record store rated "mediocre," but given the competition in Kingman it got bumped up to "solid" or even "good," especially when the stock had been recently rotated. Unlike Target, the proprietors realized that metal was in fact no longer best represented by a "Best of Black Sabbath" CD and whatever Five Finger Death Punch put out most recently. The prices weren't too bad either, especially if you bought used. BB could pretty reliably get what she wanted for eight to twelve bucks—less if it had sat for a while or was scuffed a bit or was one of those advance CDs with "DO NOT SELL THIS, PROPERTY OF THE RECORD LABEL" stamped all over it and ended up in clearance.

Usually, BB just browsed through the store to see what she could find. Her route took her through most of the genres, not because she found too much in a number of them, but because sometimes things got misshelved and sometimes she'd also see what other people were checking out and either learn about a new group or judge her fellow shoppers for their abysmal taste.

Today, though, BB was looking for something specific over in the metal section. There was a lot of buzz about this new album coming out by a group called Liturgy, and while she was pretty sure she'd seen some of their older stuff mentioned before, she'd never actually listened to any of it.

Liturgy didn't have their own tab, but there in the generic Ls, BB found a CD of theirs with a white cover featuring two black crosses side by side, the lefthand one upside down. It was labelled "Aesthetica" and perhaps more importantly it had a sticker on it that said it was four bucks, which was the perfect price to check out a group. So BB picked it up and, primary mission accomplished, was feeling pretty good as she turned to scout out the rest of the store. It was a pretty quiet day, not many people browsing, and so it caught her interest when the door opened.

Her attention was drawn even further by the figure who entered the store. Jeremy. Someone decently cool, someone who stepped up and played along when she decided to joke around in the lunch room. So BB gave a nod and a wave in Jeremy's general direction.
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"Hey," BB said as Jeremy passed and greeted her. He was heading towards the pop section. This was probably gonna be good. She gave him a second or two to fall into his routine, then followed. She moved pretty slowly, thinking she'd probably have better luck catching him with something embarrassing if he didn't realize she was there. He was flipping through the I section and, as she got closer, she saw he was specifically looking through the works of Imagine Dragons.

That was, well, okay, that was pretty bad. Still, she supposed it could be worse. There was at least the possibility Jeremy was appreciative of their status as a semi-local band, and they certainly weren't the most offensive thing on the charts in the past few years, even if they were one of the most persistent. They had a new album that had just come out or was coming out soon or something; BB's eyes had sort of glazed over when she tried to comprehend the differences between the deluxe, digital deluxe, super deluxe, and Target-exclusive editions on their Wikipedia page.

"What're you looking at there?" she asked, stepping up closer to Jeremy. She already knew, of course, but how he responded would give her a good idea how to approach this.
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"Oh, thank goodness," BB said. "I thought you were looking for yourself."

Out of touch moms were exactly the demographic BB associated with the type of music Jeremy was talking about, really. It was bland, safe, radio-friendly stuff that was just adventurous enough to let people claim they were into "weird" songs or thought outside the box while at the same time being safe and conventional enough to ensure no actual listening challenge of any sort. Even some of the stuff the rest of the band was into edged close to complacent-FM-listeners territory in BB's opinion, but it was miles ahead of this stuff.

"You have to be careful what you get your parents, though," she said. "If you pick something they like too much, then all of a sudden it's Mumford and Sons every time they drive you to school."

She took a glance at the other artists in the I section, looking for something that could be Jeremy's salvation; the pickings were pretty meager, but one option stood out to her quickly.

"She might like Iron and Wine," BB said, gesturing at the tab. "They're folksy, pretty quiet, inoffensive, but won't make you claw your ears out."
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"I'm not tricking you," BB said. "Even if it'd be pretty funny to give your mom black metal."

BB was actually pretty proud of the fact that most people went "What the fuck is this?" when she played her favorites for them, and she had a quick moment of regret that she hadn't told Jeremy to buy his mom Earth 2 or something like that. There was this whole branch of drone that used pretty landscapes and such for their album covers, and while in most cases it was absolutely fitting it also made it fairly easy to pass the albums off as something else.

She leaned back and smiled and tried to catch Jeremy's gaze. There was something else he'd said that also caught her interest, something that she could use to poke a little and see if he knew what he was talking about.

"But, hey, you're the one trying to trick me," she added. "First you say you haven't really listened to Mumford and Sons, then you tell me you know 'Little Lion Man.' So which is it?"
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BB chuckled.

"Oh, no, I know what you said," she said. "It's just, like... that means you've heard Mumford and Sons. You understand the sum totality of their artistic output. I'm not kidding here. You buy one of their albums, it's 'Little Lion Man' for forty minutes straight."

Jeremy was getting the benefit of the doubt at the moment because his tone was in keeping with their less-than-serious throw down in the lunchroom previously and because BB was actually right about Mumford and Sons so she wasn't feeling particularly threatened by his jab. In fact, her grin widened; she'd found the album she wanted cheap, and Jeremy seemed like he was in the right sort of mood to joke around. BB actually did pay decent attention to the situation most of the time, and a lot of her classmates weren't the sort of people to appreciate her jokes. If Jeremy was alright with them, well, that meant she'd have a fun time.

"Besides," she said, "you know you can trust me. I play the bass. That means I'm reliable and mellow, but the guitarist gets all the girls."
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"Oh yeah. I'm pretty good as backdrop," BB said. "Cameron's kinda loud with the paint, and Vanessa's kinda... loud, so it's me and Brady holding down the fort and being unobtrusive. But when the fame gets to our heads and we have a messy public breakup, I'll have the best solo project."

Jeremy was being a pretty good audience here. BB was actually brushing on some stuff that was maybe slightly more serious than her tone implied. Peyote Coyote and its members meant a lot to her, but the dynamic was a little different now that Coleen was involved, and BB couldn't be entirely confident that the band wouldn't just dissolve overnight one of these days. And even if they did last through this change in shape, what after graduation? They might end up scattered across the state, or even the country. Would the others even keep up with music?Would they still be friends?

But right now she was in one of her places, in the record store surrounded by more music than she would ever listen to, with the racks and bookcases and dusty corners of the floors, the not-quite-sufficient lighting and the posters for gigs before she was born up on the walls, and that made it a safe place to joke about these things and channel her worries into hyperbole.

"You really should come to one of our shows sometime," BB said, focusing more fully on Jeremy and restoring her smile, which had dropped slightly. "The pyrotechnics are badass."
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"Brokencyde's the first thing that comes to mind," BB said. Hopefully Jeremy wasn't actually a closet Brokencyde fan. Someone theoretically had to like the group since it had sold a good number of albums, but BB had most recently heard about them in the context of their attempt to crowdfund a new album drawing less than forty backers. She was pretty sure even Peyote Coyote could pull more than that.

"And we're sort of hard-rock-slash-metal," she said. There was actually a very specific term for the genre Peyote Coyote fell into—stoner rock—but that wasn't something BB wanted to advertise right off the bat for several reasons. It wasn't a term that meant much to people who weren't at least loosely associated with the musical subculture, yet at the same time it was an unfortunately loaded term that could convey an incorrect, or at least partially so, impression. It had taken some work for BB to convince her family that the band's name was totally ironic. She had no idea what Jeremy would make of a more blunt summation, and even if she doubted he'd care too much, there was no reason not to tread a little lightly. Especially since he sounded like he might actually be interested, and when BB thought about it, she sort of liked the idea of Jeremy showing up to one of their shows.

"We kind of sound like Mastodon, The Sword, Torche, Queens of the Stone Age, that sort of thing," she said, naming a bunch of iconic stoner rock bands so just on the off chance Jeremy was familiar with the scene he'd get a clear picture. "And then, when we're working on my favorite stuff, we sound a little like Earth and Sleep."

She searched Jeremy's face for any hint of recognition.

"I also do some piano and keyboard, in case you want to be the Lucy to my... shoot, who was the guy who played piano in Peanuts?"
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"That sounds right," BB said, not deigning to give Brokencyde any more mind and instead focusing on the more interesting discussion. "And wait, you play piano?"

Had she ever heard that? She couldn't say, but it really piqued her interest. It seemed there was more to be learned about Jeremy, more potential ground they had in common. She wasn't quite sure what she thought of his winning awards, but then she'd never really looked into competitive playing.

"I am good at leaning on things," she said. "Maybe sometime I'll take you up on that."

She was even being legitimate in her interest in hearing him play. She could imagine him being pretty good.
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"Nothing competitive," BB said. "And these days, I honestly spend most of my practice time on a keyboard, but we still have my grandmother's upright. I actually started in third grade too."

That meant she had a pretty good idea where Jeremy was at, and what his process looked like. It was pretty impressive, really. BB had taken lessons in much the same way for a long time, though she couldn't quite bring to mind what level of examination she had reached, though she'd been quite proud at the time. These days, the bulk of her focus was on less formalized practice, and while she definitely took time to keep up with her more traditional pieces and checked in with her past teachers from time to time, she imagined Jeremy probably had the edge on her there.

The thought wasn't as irritating as she expected it to be. She actually thought it was pretty cool that Jeremy took his playing seriously enough to compete with it. Sure, she didn't really think piano competitions were likely to mean all that much when it came to being good at playing legitimately enjoyable music, but she could absolutely respect commitment to technical excellence.

The beginnings of an idea had been starting to work their way into BB's mind over the past few minutes. She wasn't sure if it was a terrible idea or not. It probably was. The rest of the band would likely give her endless grief about it.

"Do they give you trophies or medals or something?" she asked.
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"That sounds like a pretty okay deal," BB said. "Where do you think the cash went, though?"

Was Jeremy implying that his parents or teachers made off with the fruits of his success, or just that nobody ever got around to giving him his prize? Of course, it probably didn't matter much either way; BB doubted that his winnings would amount to anything notable in the first place. It was hard to make money with music, at least in high school. Peyote Coyote couldn't even follow the time-honored tradition of playing for drinks, what with all of them being under twenty-one.

BB was sort of going on cruise control now, really. The other idea, the one she wasn't quite sure about, was bouncing around and seeming more and more attractive by the moment. In fact, she'd become so focused on her conversation and her thoughts that she'd sort of lost track of what she'd been doing beforehand. The album, her find, the center of her attention a few minutes ago, was almost forgotten in her hand now. Had she been meaning to look for any other CDs? She couldn't really recall.

"I mean, someone must have done something with it, right? You think your teachers are blowing your winnings on strippers and weed or something?"

She smirked a little there and raised an eyebrow.
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BB didn't tell Jeremy that while you might not be able to afford a stripper, you could get at least a bit of sort-of-okay weed for fifty bucks, but she thought it. Instead she said, "Yeah, there's a lot of cool free stuff online.

"Sometimes stuff's worth spending money for, though," she added, holding up her CD. "The good stuff, you know. Food, music, vacations. Gifts for people. Strippers valued higher than fifty bucks."

And then she took the plunge. She really hoped she wouldn't regret this.

"Some of those silly high school memory deals too, like prom and stuff. And, you know, that Sadie Hawkins thing in a couple days. Only I, um, don't exactly have anyone to go with right now. So I was wondering maybe if you're in the same situation. I mean it's not exactly piano-leaning..."

She'd had some more thoughts and caveats and second-guessing, but it seemed wise to maybe hold off on that for the moment. She'd taken the plunge, so now it was time to wait, and to hope that she hadn't made an awful mistake, and also that the rest of the band wouldn't give her tons of shit about this.
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"That'd be great," BB said, "but, uh, but only if you want to. If you don't, that's fine and I won't be mad or bite your head off or anything. I just thought it could be fun and..."

She trailed off there. Jeremy's assent had been kind of lukewarm, but she'd also totally sprung it on him and hadn't been very smooth about it. It seemed like Jeremy didn't even quite get what she was talking about at first, but she took a little solace in the fact that he was just as stumbling and unsure in his response. He also covered some ground she hadn't even thought of; she'd sort of just assumed he was single and maybe that wasn't exactly being fair to him but she was really glad she'd been right. It'd've just been the nastiest, bitchiest thing to ask out someone's boyfriend, and all the worse to do it by mistake.

"It'll be really low pressure," she said, leaning back a little and absentmindedly turning the CD in her hands. She was trying really hard to keep eye contact when really she mostly wanted to look at her feet. Was she coming on too strong? Standing too close? It hadn't been too close when they were just talking about music. "It's just, you know, nobody wants to go to a dance alone and there's this whole subverting-of-gender-norms thing going on this time and normally I'm all for that but it sorta sucks when I don't benefit. And anyways, you're pretty cool, so I thought it'd be fun."

And really, that was basically all there was to it. She was stressing too much. She wasn't asking Jeremy to marry her or anything. It was just going to a dance together, because he did seem pretty cool and it had been a while since BB had been to a dance let alone with someone. There weren't too many left in her high school career—actually, she was pretty sure it was just Prom after this—and sure you could go dance in clubs after graduation, but that was a whole different dynamic from what she'd seen and heard. She needed to just relax about this. That was the whole point of it, after all.
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"Hmm," BB said. "I'm sure we can figure something out. We could probably hang out at my place, or maybe my brother's depending on what my parents have planned. Or sometimes people have things afterwards, parties and stuff, but we'd probably have to gate crash unless we can beg invites and I'm not sure that's worth the effort."

Okay, good. It seemed like this was actually going to happen now, so she could stop worrying about that part and start worrying about the rest of it. The dance was actually really soon, and she'd sort of been hoping to go but hadn't really pulled all that much together. There would be a good bit of last minute preparation on her end. She idly wondered whether anyone else in the band would even turn up. It didn't exactly seem like their scene, but on the other hand they did all know how to have a good time and they liked music, if not the sort likely to be played at the dance.

She sort of glossed over the whole thing about Jeremy's parents. It was a little strange, yeah, but who knew why they didn't want him having access to keys? Maybe he was the sort to invite people over without asking—in fact, since that was pretty much what he was saying he couldn't do here, that sounded fairly likely.

"This'll be really fun," she added. "Thanks for agreeing to come with me."
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"Don't worry," BB said, "my parents would kill me if I came home drunk too. And no problem on the invite. It's really my pleasure."

Truthfully, drinking a little wouldn't be bad at all on a normal night, but the very fact of it being a dance meant her parents would likely be more on-guard than usual, and BB worked really really hard to make sure they didn't learn about any of her escapades. It wasn't really fair; they seemed way more wary about that sort of stuff than most of her classmates' parents, probably because of how her brother had been. She sort of wondered how Jeremy felt about booze personally. He'd used his parents as a reason, but BB was aware that parents were also a really convenient excuse when people pressured you to go beyond your comfort zone. Then again, she hadn't actually suggested anything, and her reputation around school was pretty clean. She also wasn't even the sort to go out and get smashed all the time, so she was probably way overthinking this.

"Here," she said, "let me give you my number. We can figure out the ride situation and coordinate everything so we don't end up, I don't know, stranded in the desert in the middle of the night with a bunch of rattlesnakes or something."

She dug out her phone, tucking her CD under her arm, figuring Jeremy would likely reciprocate. It'd also be good to get his number so she could text him a bit before the dance, maybe get both of them a bit more at ease with each other. She wanted to make sure he wash comfortable interacting with her since they were going to be spending quite a bit of time together.
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"Yeah, that works," BB said. "I can jot down your email here, and send you my number later in case you want to call from your home phone."

She was assuming Jeremy had a home phone—otherwise, what was the plan if his house caught on fire and he had to call for help or something?—but email and all that was really fine if that was what he preferred. BB wasn't a really huge social media person but she knew her way around it at least and if that was the way to communicate then so be it. Jeremy's not having a cell phone was, well, pretty weird in her opinion, but the intriguing kind of weird, the sort she could respect. Plus, written communication had the advantage of giving her a little time to figure out exactly how to phrase things. Tone was harder to get down in text, but people tended to be aware (and thus forgiving) of that fact.

"This should be great," she said. "I'll make sure to get hold of you so we can sort everything out, and then it'll be here before we know it."

She flipped the CD over a couple more times, and then became a little more aware of it. Right. She and Jeremy had come here with to buy music, and there was a good chance he'd want to get his mom her gift and get on with his day.

"I'm glad we bumped into each other," BB said. "I'll see you in a couple days."
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