space explorations to solve earthly crises fucks me up every time I love it so much
I just wrote a long response to someone who asked what “the distance between bodies cannot be measured in miles” meant and because phones are dumb I think I responded privately. I copied it as I wrote so here are my thoughts:
A lot of the material on Between Bodies is about our friend Mitch Dubey who was murdered in his home in New Haven CT. The phrase “the distance between bodies cannot be measured in miles” is a lyric he wrote for his band Swear Jar that was never used. Chris Z was also in Swear Jar. My last few memories of Mitch were playing his house on our 2nd tour ever and watching him crowd surf to our set at lilly’s pad in new haven. Greg helped record Mitch’s guitar parts for the final Swear Jar 7".
I’m not sure what he meant when he wrote the line. I take it as the emotional bond between people matters more than reality of measurable time and distance. The actual space between you and those you love can in an abstract way be separated from reality and measured in memories.
The light we see from distant stars and planets reaches us long after it ever existed. Somewhere in the universe the moment 5 years ago where Mitch dove into the crowd during our performance of “gordon paul” is happening for the first time. If we were able to somehow reach that point our friend would be alive and celebrating with us the joy we brought each other weeks before someone knocked on his door and shot him in the chest.
“On what star, on what rock does his light still shine?”