Every city has its own beat, if you know to listen for it.

I came from a place where the beat was slow and languid, peaceful and traditional. Like an old hymn or a fiddle band at a county fair. It’s a fine beat for some people: fine for my parents, fine for my sister.

But not for me.

I wanted a beat that was bold and fresh, vibrant and always in motion, ever-changing and rent with variation.

I wanted the city.

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