I am a banker.
Bush Days — It’s funny, my Bush family goes back as far as my oldest friends (almost); in high school, I remember finding and joining a Bush mailing list at the tender age of fifteen. I remember it was offered by a service called VisionBroadcast, managed by a dude called Floyd (I haven’t forgotten his last name), and before long whittled down to a membership of some six to eight people.
Less than a service for sharing the latest news and interviews, the mailing list quickly became a small family, supporting and amusing each other in between the interviews and latest news. And it’s funny that to this day I still have a few of those friends.
I’m not going to use names, for privacy sake, but one woman in Texas in particular has become a lifelong friend. Five years ago, for my birthday, she entrusted to me something more valuable to Bush fans like us than anything in this world: her collection of Bush discs and releases, painstakingly collected and gathered since 1994, consisting of what I think is every CD single, every EPK, album, side project, and bootleg on the market that bears the name of Bush.
Until now, I’ve used this power purely for good. But I am entertaining other offers.
While I know that one day I’m going to have to give it all back, the simple fact is that for five years, I don’t doubt that I have been in possession of the single largest physical collection of Bush music in the entire world… though I cannot wait to add a copy of Everything Always Now to the ranks.
(Ps, while I would love to include an actual photo of the collection — or at least the box full of CDs that this represents — the fact is that no photo is able to do justice to this collection.)