168. Montana exceptionalism

I spent the summer of 2012 editing copy two states south of home at The Denver Post. Shortly after I started, Colin Meloy — the lead singer of The Decemberists — spoke to the graduating class of his former high school in Helena, Montana. Spending my first summer locked in an office, I took enormous comfort in his words about his home state and what it personally meant to him to be lucky enough to grow up under the Big Sky.

Every time I’m feeling homesick, like I am today, I dip back into his speech and let it remind me that you can’t always pick your home. Sometimes it picks you.

Here is his speech.

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