Tour Diary #5: Wake Up Zombie

Matt Hasenmueller of The Millenium By | August 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM
August 17th — Des Moines Social Club | Des Moines, IA

 — Matt Hasenmueller of The Millenium

It’s 3:30 am, and I am ripped from sleep like I fell off water skis. Reality was pulled through my head like a bleach wipe.

It’s early, but we’re already late, and we’re on our way to play on the morning news in Des Moines. This is exciting because I’ve always wanted to be a news anchor. I am captivated by telling people the things that will affect their day. If I tell them it will be cold, they will dress their kids in coats for the bus stop. Within 5 minutes of being at the TV station my mind is changed. This is not something I could do, nor something I would want to do. This whole business is an illusion. It’s a pseudo-reflection, a reality that does not exist. The jokes are scripted and the laughs are fake. The information broadcasted is tailored to the middle class housewife who would be described as the ideal Midwest American. All the bad news is performed in a way so no one will go and check out the scene for themselves, so they will stay in their homes stuck to their “Prairie Dog Periscope” and have an excuse not to live their lives and take risks.

I end the day at a burger place with a bunch of old friends, and it looks like I’m driving overnight again. The stretch from Des Moines to St. Louis is a fun one because half of it is done on county roads because there is no interstate that completely connects the two.

Still thinking of you.

Today’s  Soundtrack:

Bear Hands — “Vile Iowa”

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