Around 2014, I started getting into the whole soul revival thing. Actually, it was a bit earlier with Sharon Jones. But I really wanted to hear instrumentals. This band is one of the permutations of the musicians at Daptone Records. I loved this song enough to make it my ringtone back in 2015, and it still is my ringtone.
That’s says a lot, because my previous one was a Danish song I legitimately downloaded that I can no longer find online. I had been my jam for nearly a decade.
I was getting tugged in two directions at this point. The commute and another temporary issue got to me, but I didn’t want to leave Charlottesville. To this day, I cannot explain why I love working there. I just do. This past August did nothing to change that. If anything, I made me want to be there even more.
But living and working in Richmond sounded appealing. As I mentioned before, with the perfect well-paying job, I’d never leave Richmond. Hell, just a few months ago, I was thinking about where in this city to live next while I waited for the money I would get from either selling or renting our my childhood home. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
In Richmond, a lot of my favorite places were gone by the time we returned in fall 2015. And a lot of my favorite people had either moved away or our friendships had moved on. It was great to be back, but it didn’t feel great to be back. I figured that would change when I lived and worked there.
Still, it was bittersweet, like this song.
But it was for the best.
Next: It’ll get you there.