Blizzard Mnemonic.

February 12, 2006

It’s snowing like hell in New York. Big flakes! I love the big flakes.

The TV keeps flashing a list of the biggest blizzards in New York history, and one date sticks out for me: January 8, 1996. I remember the day because I left Brooklyn to go and buy my first Magnetic Fields and Elliott Smith CDs. I saw them both, amazingly on the same bill, at a tiny club a few days beforehand. So January 8, 1996 is pretty much the day my music took a sharp left turn towards Skittish.
It was so lovely. The East Village was so white, and silent–you could hear another guy trudging in the snow two blocks away.