my uncle is just seven years older than me. he has been more like a brother than an uncle to me my entire life. i have vivid memories of going to visit my grandparents on a friday or saturday night. as it neared my bedtime, my teenaged uncle was getting showered and ready for a big night out. and as he got ready, he almost always listened to the beastie boys. loudly.
at around seven or eight years old, i begged him to make me a tape of the song 'girls' because i loved it so. my mom quickly vetoed my awesome idea.
fast forward a few years; my uncle came home from college for a weekend having just bought the cd, check your head. he hated it, so he gave it to me.
i loved it.
the beastie boys transport me through memories like a rolodex; one song can remind me of being an eight year old, begging for my uncle's attention. another can remind me of a certain party in high school, or a certain boy, or friend, or a period of time in college.
i am so, so sad to hear of MCA's passing. may he rest in peace.
long live the beastie boys.