“The First Time I Went On a Rollercoaster,” by Andrew W.K.
JUICEBOXdotcom first crossed paths with Andrew W.K. for an intensely romantic episode of Exclaim!TV last Valentine’s Day. What was supposed to end in a three-minute video turned into a 25-minute, four-part magnum opus. Since then, we’ve learned what it’s like to fall in love all over again for the first time. DO YOU REALIZE HOW AMAZING ANDREW W.K. IS?! He reads bedtime stories to kids. He was the guest of honour at at the Yale University Master’s Tea. And he produced a Lee “Scratch” Perry record. But when he’s not doing that, he’s writing ever so earnestly about rollercoasters.
Andrew W.K. teaches Moby how to live
The first time I went on a roller-coaster. The feeling is absolutely untouchable. It is solid-gold. It is addictive and dangerous and ferocious. The sounds of the wheels slamming across the metal tracks – in a smooth but complicated roar. The sounds are so chunky and sharp – but melt away into long silences when you’re floating in mid air – only to hit down hard – crashing against gravity – back into reality. The speed of the air moving by you – you must let go and you can’t fight it – you leave your body in one place and there is a delay before it catches back up to you. It is, quite literally, a vehicle to transport you to another place. To travel into that void. Carefully stepping around it’s edges, occasionally slipping in, but always grabbing onto something. Finally you allow yourself to go – all completely – is life’s voyage. To believe.
Our greatest power is our ability to make this voyage – and to allow ourselves to dive in or slowly dip in – or to just peak into an opening. If we can fashion doors and create keys, and give ourselves these keys so that we may open the doors and see for ourselves – what a wonderful opportunity. We can see everything. The first time I went to a hear a church organ – when I was so young. It was overwhelming. The building: so huge – heavy and thick in the air – impossibly high ceilings – it’s all so massive, so incredibly moving. People being in direct communication with something that means everything – direct contact with the void – with what is bigger than them. The will to give and not receive. The size of that sound – so passionate – such restraint with such unlimited potential – such power and grandeur. The sound actually comes up to you and passes through you and continues on it’s way. The momentary glimpse of something more – the vastness of the universe. Something so beautiful – to see that it is only the beginning – again, only the beginning – of an endless, multiplying, blinding whirlwind of dense possibility. When you comprehend the infinite. Feeling so small, feeling insignificant – yet realizing that you are also large and important. How precious and rare and truly amazing everything is – EVERYTHING. We are in the midst of the future – the new frontier. We are witnessing miracles. It is a miracle to be alive – the fact that all of the unknown comes together to form something – to form us – the known – it is almost beyond comprehension. Beyond description – but so true and so pure. The realization that you can truly do anything you want. Developing a belief in yourself and in others. A faith in what is unknown. An unconditional trust in those things beyond your control. An iron clad commitment to not-stopping. Standing for something. The will to feel what others feel. The ability to see yourself through others eyes – to see what they can see. Forging onward – towards that relentless, violent light that burns so brightly – opening yourself so that you many be blinded. And finally throwing yourself into the emptiness – the black hole of nothing that embodies every molecular drop of matter into a constantly expanding and collapsing explosion.
Reprinted with Andrew’s permission.