In high school, my Latin teacher had a pretty funny sign hanging over his classroom's exit door: "Don't go away mad," the sign read. "Just go away."
Today, I'm doing just that. This issue is my last as the arts and entertainment editor at the Indy. Starting Feb. 4, I'll be the music editor at the Dallas Observer.
I never thought I'd say it, but I'm gonna miss this town. As a brash young New Englander with a chip on my shoulder, I came to Colorado Springs about a year and a half ago, expecting to hate this place. This town, as I knew it then, was everything I wasn't: conservative, religious, guarded.
Much to my surprise, though, Colorado Springs grew on me. It's not as cold a place as people think. You'll have your quibbles (I certainly did), but for the most part, residents here are kind, thoughtful and a heckuva lot more forward-thinking than they're given credit for.
So in my last piece for the Indy, I'm giving the Springs something I like giving my friends: a mixtape. The Goodbye EP, if you will. Here's its seven-track listing, with a lyric and explanation for each. Download at your own expense.
1. "Can't Stand Me Now," by The Libertines
Lyric: "... if you want to try, there's no worse you could do ..."
Meaning: The Indy took a chance on me, a relatively inexperienced out-of-towner. Thanks for setting the bar so low!
2. "Read My Mind" by The Killers
Lyric: "I got the green light, I got a little fight ..."
Meaning: Some readers hated me for my criticisms. Just know I was trying to be helpful, not harsh.
3. "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses
Lyric: "No one's gonna love you more than I do ..."
Meaning: You all certainly had your charming moments. I had a blast with you and your feedback. I hope this was at least somewhat mutual.
4. "A Long December" by Counting Crows
Lyric: "... and there's reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last ..."
Meaning: As the city grows, so will its scene. Be patient. If you build it, they will come. (Plus, I had to throw a cheese-ball track on here.)
5. "Fake Empire" by The National
Lyric: "Tip-toe through our shiny city with our diamond slippers on ..."
Meaning: Still, there's stuff you can do. Artists, musicians, et al: Stop tip-toeing. Start stomping around. Step up and grab people's attentions. You have it in you.
6. "Bye Bye Baby" by OK Go
Lyric: "So my pets have left me, in search of careers and richer soils ..."
Meaning: Readers support your local scene and you'll stop hearing about your creative types taking off for "greener" pastures.
7. "What We Had" by Handsome Furs
Lyric: "... and what we had is already gone ..."
Meaning: You'll get over me quickly, too. And it sucks that you're gonna find a music editor to hate on in my stead. But I'll be rooting for you from Texas. Stay cool, Colorado Springs. Stay cool forever.