If you haven't seen the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", please do. I loved it. Long before that movie
I had formulated a short story outline about a man who obsesses over a woman only to have the feelings unrequited. In a twist
on "The Gift of the Magi", he goes to a doctor who is able to remove individual memories from the brain. He has
his memories removed for this woman and goes on with his happy, oblivious life. But in the end she realizes what a mistake
she has made and tries to find him and finally consumate their relationship. He does not recognize or remember her and walks
This was eeriely similar to the plot of "Eternal Sunshine..." I have managed to mingle images from the film,
with my own experiences to create my own musical movie. The words of the first verse came to me walking down Haste Street
in Berkeley and I had to stop on the side of the road to jot them down before I forgot. If were possible, I'd have that surgery
right now! I borrowed the last line from Homer Simpson: "Alcohol, cause of and solution to all life's problems."
Thus, completes the theme of the CD: confronting the past and trying to move on. Of course this song(and the film) proposes
the question: even if we have our memories removed, aren't we still destined to repeat our mistakes because of our nature
and instincts? I'll let you decide.
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