Today in the studio for some reason I put on Neil Young’s album Greendale. While listening to it I realized it was ten years ago this week that I had just finished my first semester in graduate school. This album was one of the four most influential efforts by popular American artist to me at the time. The other three were Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine. At the time I felt there was a connection between these four, whether it was a post 9/11 American critique or something entirely different I couldn’t say. What I do know they all provided me a certain type of comfort when I questioned myself whether I made the right decision to leave a secure full time job to pursue becoming an artist. Over the last ten years I have certainly made a lot of bad decisions but this is one I don’t regret.