Music from Bloomington, Indiana, Circa 1997: Java and Chive
Recently, I happened across a link to some music that I haven’t heard in a long, long while. While I was an undergraduate at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana… my friend Kevin Seal played a lot of music. Two bands he was involved with were Java and Chive.
I’m not 100% clear on when I first heard these songs, or when I first got my hands on their cassette. But I recall listening to a lot of it, over and over again. In looking over some of the notes, I apparently got one of 200 cassettes that had songs by both Java and Chive.
Of course, these songs are from a long while back – 10 years, to be exact. And my friend Kevin continues to be heavily involved with music. He now lives out west, works for Pandora, hosts the Pandora podcast, and plays in a band called Griddle.
Eight years ago, when I was first starting to play around with Flash, I ended up animating one of Kevin’s songs and made a visualization of “Head in Hands.” That song is probably one of the first songs I became fixated on, and listened to over and over and over again.
Songs like Amsterdam still impress me, on listening to it today. I think the key changes (jumping between major and minor and back again) are incredibly slick and refreshing. I’ve been listening to a few of these songs on my way home from work, and I find myself humming along.
Irish Scotch remains silly, and still makes me smile.
There’s something about music that helps transport you to a very specific place and time. As I’m listening to these songs, part of me is sitting in my first apartment in Chicago, playing around with Flash 4 and motion tweens. Another part of me is in Bloomington, Indiana – living in a house with four other guys, and flipping a cassette tape over and over and over again.
Griddle: San Francisco Bay Area Independent Rock
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Old Trees, Old Friends
Pandora Podcast: The Basics of Vocal Harmony