The song remains the same




I’ve been pretty absent these past months. Other projects as well as just ordinary, everyday, life have kept me from this blog and the blogosphere in general.

Part of it is that I reached love letter 100 a few months back and realised that the original point of this blog was to journal a long distance relationship that is no longer long distance.

If Runaway American Dream was an interesting read, it was because the emotions which fuelled the writing were so raw and urgent. Those of you who have been with me from those very different early days may recall just how charged my writing could get back then.

Truthfully, these posts were my coping mechanism, my way of bearing the unbearable waits between those oh so short visits.

All that is done with now. Jersey girl and I have been married for over a year and I have been resident in this fine country of her’s for almost two. Were I to simply write about our relationship as it is now, I fear that the sheer domesticity would sink the blog faster than a torpedo.

I mean, what is the point of just chronicling a perfectly normal life? I’m as happy with my love as I ever expected to be in my most fervent yearnings but I must confess that this actually doesn’t make for very interesting reading.

True, this blog was always a little more than a simple journal of an unusual love. There were the music slanted posts, the poetry attempts, local history, and other writings but the main reason it existed at all was my need to externalise all the emotions that swirled around this amour de longue distance  I found myself in.

Blogging served that need quite well but that was then and this is a very different now.

This begins to sound like a farewell note but I hope that isn’t the case. I’ve been thinking about where to take all this from here and am still considering options.

Feel free to make suggestions if there has been some aspect of the blog you have particularly enjoyed over the years. I’m leaning towards making more of the historical posts I’ve occasionally delved into but if there’s something else you’d like to see, just let me know.

I’ve really enjoyed my blogging journey thus far and have no real desire to give it up. All of you helped me get through some pretty difficult times and, though we don’t really know each other all that well, you are all distinct and unique cohabiters of this Runaway American Dream to me.

Some of you I count as friends, others whom I have really enjoyed interacting with, I consider some of the most informative, entertaining, and inspirational folk I’ve ever encountered.

I’m not sure where this goes from here but I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.

Thanks for being here.



14 thoughts on “The song remains the same

  1. A number of years back, a certain troubadour fell for his best friend’s woman. He wanted her passionately but never could get her romantic attention. He poured his heart out into song and it made for great art. Many years later, contented, he still made beautiful music but with less, shall we say, torment. It was ever thus. Contentment is the enemy of great art. Or at least, that’s my observation.

    Seems to me you should write about whatever strikes your fancy. I once bemoaned the fact, back in earlier days, that sometimes one person might comment on a post I did. You said something along the lines of, well, those that want to find it, will find it. So, write your poetry, write about history, do more music stuff for sure, tell us about concerts you’ve gone to, photography, etc. Those that want to find it, will find it.

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  2. Why narrow it down at all? Nothing wrong with being a generalist. I love to do people portraits the most – those are the images I am drawn too, as well as documentary/photojournalism. But my photo blog can be all over the place. A while ago, I decided that was ok. Nobody is paying me to do this, so I can do with it whatever I want. While its all up to you of course, I’d say write with what you want – exploring New Jersey, exploring the “sheer domesticity” of your life now (I’m sure many of us could relate to that), you love of music. Up to you, we’ll be here, I’m sure.)

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  3. I can’t add to the suggestions. I do enjoy our swapping thoughts on music/film. I always enjoy reading how certain things move people. I stuck with music/film because I enjoy them so much. Maybe I’ll switch it up one day. Right now I’m still feeling it. Look forward to what you come up with.

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