Airportlandia (Jonaw, China) 4:31
En route to Mexico, Gat explains his longstanding love airports, each of which seems to him to be part of a single overarching place:
LAX is bigger now than it was when I was growing up, but it has the same feeling of being a cavernous netherland that exists in the interstices between actual places. It isn’t part of L.A., or even California. It’s really an outpost of Airportlandia, like JFK or Berlin-Tegel. It’s part of a land that lies somewhere between departures and arrivals.
In Airportlandia you’re briefly cut off from both the place you’re leaving and the place you’re headed to, disconnected from everything in your daily life that weighs you down or causes you worry. Like taking a valium or smoking opium, the sensation won’t last but it gives you peace for a while.
This track by Jonaw captured that feeling for me—the literal fact of floating in the air and the emotional feeling of floating you can get by briefly severing your ties with everything.
Airportlandia was originally released as A Floating Life by Jonaw, which can be found here. It was released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.