of Bon Iver.
A Farewell to a House In New Auburn, WI
On Monday Night, I travelled to a house in New Auburn I’ve been too many times in the last 5 years.
It was 5 years ago that I first met Mike Perry. It just so happens that this man, who I met through my best friends Phil and Brad (who were babysat by Mike when they were young) is a very, very well known author from said town. He wrote a book, Population 485, about.. .well, I could tell you what its about, but then I would have to tell you that is a book that most specifically and devastatingly defines my admiration and deep relationship I have for and with Northwestern, WI.
It was in this house, that my now friend, Mike, wrote this book. The book is soaked into the walls of this old house. Mike’s years of growing into the author he has become. On monday night, Mike, I and few musician friends got together to make an audio record of this house; before it gets sold here, coming up on thursday. We sat in the empty living room, in its magnificent reverberant glory and played a song that Mike wrote, called “Sweet Edge of Time”. Its safe to say this is one of my favorite songs. Its about waiting in the pines of Rusk and Chippewa counties, for a girl, until the sweet edge of time. We played numerous times, which was good, because it was too short to take in the energy of such a historical moment, for me.
Over the years, Mike and I have made an album together, hung out at barbecues, talked on the phone, and I can say that he really has been one of the most important friends to me through some of my tougher times in the last few years. He is a pillar human guy, a joy to be around and a talent and soul that I draw inspiration from every time I see him.
I felt like it was really special to be able to say goodbye to his house with him.
Goodbye Main St.