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  • Me and Dave, playing an acoustic gig in a grocery store of all places, 18 hours after the Aurora shooting. I'm wearing a Colorado Rockies shirt. Hockey team, not baseball team, so it's a mountain with the Colorado state flag's "C" in it. It just seemed like the thing to do.
    On break, I talk to a guy who lived there. Like me, born in Hawaii, spent the majority of his life in Colorado. Other details of the conversation escape me.
    Another woman comes up in the second set, starts talking to me between songs. The details of that conversation also have fallen away.
    With both, we don't say anything specific about what's happened, just the briefest allusion to the anger or confusion or sadness we feel, more in looks than words.
    But there is a feeling from both of these people that both of us are glad we're there. We don't know each other, we are now-remote, ex-members of a community and nothing really more, but somehow we are glad we are talking.
    I wish I knew what that precise mechanism is in us; the one that finds comfort in belonging, in sharing, the one that pulls others out of "other"-hood, that lifts the filter and changes suspicion to an embrace.
    Because if I could know it, could isolate it, I would sing that song from the mountaintops.

    Image from the Nat'l Archives via Flickr Commons.
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