past and present

when i first moved to nashville in august of 2002 i lived with alli on dakota in sylvan park.  she worked at j.alexanders on white bridge pike and i worked at logan’s roadhouse on elliston.  how bizarre to look back on.

one day, walking out of work, i met an interesting new friend.  he had a strange sort of irishamerican accent like he had moved around a bit.  i had not yet left the country, but was drawn to the possibility that he had.  he was in town from new york for a few weeks recording and we became fast buddies.  when he wasn’t recording and i wasn’t working or in class, johnathan-with-and-‘h’ and i explored the city or built forts or just sat around and talked.  we disagreed on almost everything, but somehow neither of us really minded too much.  i watched him pace and chain smoke while he told stories about his world-banker father and what he did as the towers were falling on 911.  he was fascinated by my pious views on dating and religion.

i saw him once more after he left.  i think around the fall of 2004  he came back to town to play a show with his girlfriend, jenny, at third and lindsley.  we haven’t spoken since then, but i’ve thought of him a few times since my views on almost everything have shifted.  i feel like a new person and sometimes i wonder how i shaped his view of god.  i assume it wasn’t a positive effect.  fortunately i have peace that god rights the wrongs we inflict.

yesterday i walked into whole foods in studio city for some tomato soup and an avocado.  walking down the aisle near the yogurt and milk i stopped dead in my tracks. “johnathan?”  funny how small the world is.

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4 Responses to “past and present”


  1. 1 lauren April 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    id like to talk to you about God these days. and how they have changed since we studied in florence. bc as you can probably tell, mine have changed a lot too

  2. 3 Aaron J April 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Wow…Jonathan Rice. What a small world, for sure.

    I’m going to guess the Jenny he played with was Jenny Lewis, yes?

    They both came & played music in my office a month or so ago.


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
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