My favorite video game is Super Mario Galaxy. One of the most endearing aspects of the game is that playing feels like more than just collecting stars, and defeating enemies. No, it feels like you’re part of the majestic world, or galaxy, that Mario is in. It’s in the 3D graphics, the design of each planet, and, arguably most of all, the soundtrack. It’s a world that, despite its complications, is one that you don’t want to leave.
There I was in all my glory: vintage windbreaker, muddy bare feet, and a fanny pack. It was Loufest 2016, and as a music loving teen in St. Louis, this was the peak of my year. I had just gotten my license and I could finally drive myself to the holy land that sat upon the Central Field of Forest Park. My first show of the day was Twin Peaks, and I was bubbling with 16 year old excitement. Staring up at the band, my toes sinking in mud and my stomach full of Strange Dones, I was hit with a perfectly overwhelming wave of music.