don’t say, “I quit”

“…my life: a constant work in progress and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

It wasn’t that long ago. I took my brother on a drive to Rays Downtown Blues on Clematis Street. We jumped in our Ford Mustang and took the 45 minute excursion – all to see a small punk band. I’ll never forget standing in a packed dive bar with 200 of my friends, just waiting for this band to kick of their set. It wasn’t that I was looking forward to seeing them play my favorite songs. It wasn’t due to the fact that I just came back from playing a small tour alongside them throughout the Southeast.

It was my brother.

Corporal Edward Purchase had just come back from a tour in Afghanistan. We spent that summer trying to make up for the lost time. Eating at our favorite restaurants, catching up on missed movies, and watching some bands make music.  I had just taken him to see Taking Back Sunday – one of our favorite bands (expect later post on them), and I wanted to follow it up by taking him to see a band he grew to love while he was in Afghanistan. A band he listened to before heading out to patrol the IED filled deserts of a foreign country. A band who’s use of catchy melodies and power chords embodied the kind of music that got me through my teenage years.  A band called Set Your Goals.

There are a few things I will always remember from that night.

1) Introducing my brother to all the people I’ve met over the last 6 years –  in the midst of packed bars and overcrowded shows. My two worlds were starting to merge.

2) Taking a walk with my brother to get Publix subs in between bands.

3) And climbing on the shoulders of my friends at the start of their set – just to grab the singer’s mic and scream those words.

I was unaware of the turn my life was about to take in the coming months. I had no clue what the  years would bring.

This blog is for stories like this. Memories and stories told  with artists, music, and albums. Art.

Goonies never say die.

Band: Set Your Goals
Album: Reset (2003) | Mutiny (2006)


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