Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Tim McDonald is the singer-songwriter of the band Broken Poets. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he no longer plays in bars. “It just never worked,” he says. “People go to bars to forget, and my music makes them remember.” You can follow him on Twitter: @timvendor.
When I first moved to New York City, I told myself that I could always leave if things didn’t work out. I’d be all in, until I wasn’t. I found a similar all-or-nothing quality to life there: the sad history of people’s failed dreams alongside all the obvious success stories and diehards who wondered what your problem was.