The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Last Tuesday was the first day of school which seems ridiculous sending the kids back to class weeks before Labor Day. I have my theories about the Los Angeles School District, but like most public school parents I can’t be bothered by such barbaric timing. All I can say is that summers ago I was entertaining different cocktail conversations—bands, chicks, what happened at the bar, and scoring dope. Now we chat about school districts, homework, and soccer practice.

I have to admit I’m still almost as excited about the first day of school as the last. The smell of anticipation and the stiffness of new shoes and a book bag have never left me. Call it DNA, call it “sense-memory.”

Although it was sad to watch young Jonah’s summer fun and lazy mornings come to a halt, I couldn’t help but pick up his sense of excitement to reconnect with old friends and greet the new.

New town reeks of lumber / New town beat the crowds / New town kittens discover / That the birds scrape the ground / And even the loneliest old ladies get social calls / Where they dine and talk about their savior / And the grassroots effort to incorporate / Elects a smiling mayor / New town Americana / New town rookie police / New town industries are wanted for the local employees / And a little bitty baby draws a nice clean breath / From over his beaming Momma’s shoulder / He’s staring at the worldly wonders / That stretch just as far as he can see / But he’ll stop staring when he’s older / Oh, new town / New town / New town

I grew up in NYC and went to a strict private school for the full 12 years. It was tradition that if a new kid came into our class, his name was “new kid” for a least a several days. “Hey you—new kid. What are doing here?”

This Idelic set feels a month early but it’s dedicated to all the new kids on their first day of anything. Savor it kids.

The Idelic Hit of the Week: Ryley Walker – The Roundabout

brand new can be key

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