Something that struck me recently was from Billy on the Street when Billy was interviewing this girl, who had toured the Freedom Tower earlier that day, from the Mid-West, and turned out to be super Catholic, to which Billy called out for being a virgin in the 9/11 memorial, but also he recalled never having been there. If you live in New York City, there’s really no reason to just be like, “Yo, let’s goto the Freedom Tower and 9/11 memorial this weekend. *Smile Emoji*” Unless it’s the anniversary.
Or you’re Kyle. And super clever at fucking with people’s psychology. Because so-what if you’re phone’s photo storage is full from your visit and the pool they have there in a square. Kyle is uniquely concocting a “too-soon” mentality to something way more of an ultimate, overarching statement of truth: memory is important for everything. It’s not about the rerun episodes or remakes, the remixed 45-minute long jock club street-jam, the kitche nostalgia of [whenever you grew up], no. Love and happiness and sunshine is something we can all observe and feel and witness together on a daily basis. Finding serenity is important. History!
It’s about my time working at the 9/11 museum over the last year. It was shot over a period of nine months and sort of works as a vlog/collage of my time there. As a sort of DIY/amateur pop star I really want to use materials from my real life to make songs and videos and that’s what I did with this video.
It’s also about memory making, memorialization, loss, and also a bit about the condition of work under capitalism.
Kyle’s “Never Forget” is available on Bandcamp and everywhere (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) soon.