October 27, 2008
“Change” by Blind Melon.
I was just talking about Blind Melon and then this song was played in the Entourage episode yesterday.
They were one of the few bands I saw up close during Woodstock 1994. Yes, I went to Woodstock 1994 (not the violent 1999 one). It might’ve been the over-commercialized, capitalistic version of Woodstock but it was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. My two city friends and I drove up, she carrying a down blanket and pillow, him with a plan to drink all weekend. I had bought a sleeping bag at Toys-r-Us in anticipation of the trip. I’d seen the movies, people brought sleeping bags to this sort of thing! Needless to say none of us had ever been camping. (Funny side story of something happened that weekend: I hit a state trooper with my car, tapped really, when I misunderstood her hand signals and literally drove my car very slowly into her. She started screaming at me, calling me a bitch, telling me to get out of the car, asking me if I was drunk. No, just 17 and really wanting to hear some tunes, maaaaan. She had her male trooper come over and talk to me. He was all business, “license and registration and if you’ve been drinking you’re going to JAIL.” Apparently I wasn’t moving fast enough because he screamed “LICENSE AND REGISTRATION, NOW!” in my ear.” With shaking hands I pulled out my license as my friends watched from the car. He looked at it and said “you live in Long Beach?! I live in Island Park!” Oh Long Beach, how I love thee. He let me go. After all, I was a nice girl from Long Beach and not from Brooklyn or somewhere equally unpalatable.)
I get a lot of flack (#3 at the link) from people close to me for making friends everywhere I go but, in general, this has only helped me in my life. That weekend I ran into some childhood friends who shared their tent with us when it rained for 3 straight days. I heard nary a complaint about my making friends with everybody.
It was a completely crazy, awesome, incredible time. The bands I remember seeing up close were Metallica, NIN, Cypress Hill, and Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon, Blind Melon’s lead singer, a man, was wearing a dress and he seemed crazy. But they put on a hell of a show. Shannon has since died, overdose, I guess he didn’t really believe things could change. Lyrics from “Change” are inscribed on his grave.
Earlier that year, my best friend Laurie and I had petitioned to make “Change” our senior prom song. The powers that be picked “This is the time” by Billy Joel instead. We still think this would’ve been a better choice.