On Staying Crispy - What Does It Mean to Be Crisp?


April 19, 2021



What does it mean to stay crisp? 

As the leader of the Church of Better Daze, I strive to stay crispy on a day-to-day basis. 

I encourage my congregation and the Church Staff to remain as crisp as possible. 

Staying crispy is often misunderstood as getting stoned. This is not the way. Crispy is a mindset. It’s a mentality. It’s a way of being. It’s a place – a metaphysical space. 

The word ‘Crisp’ is an adjective, a verb and a noun. 

adjective

(of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive. Describes cool weather, or writing or talking in an abrupt but polite way.

“crisp bacon”

Anyone living in the Northern prairie knows the feeling of a crisp day. It brings your attention to the present. It calls your spirit to the surface, as your eyes widen, nostrils flare, goosebumps prickle – ahh. Crisp. 

Crisp is not cold. It’s cool. You gotta stay cool. 

And remember - get too crisp, and you’ll end up burnt.

A crisp slice of bacon is only desirable when it is on the edge of being burnt. A little too much heat and it becomes bitter and ashy. 

noun

a dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour.

“rhubarb crisp”

Crisps are a delicious dessert, and I don’t see why anyone would complain about embodying the spirit of a crumbly after-dinner treat. This particular snack is best served with iced cream. 

verb

to give (something, especially food) a crisp surface by placing it in an oven or grill.

“crisp the pita rounds in the oven”

 Crisping up the scalloped potatoes is a final, but essential task in making a fall supper. The crisp topping gives us a firm grip on reality, holds us to what we know is true. It reaffirms our values. Our humanity. 

Ah, but maybe I am taking that too far. Maybe scalloped potatoes are just delicious. 

The Origins of the Term ‘Stay Crispy’

‘Stay Crispy’ started as street slang in Brandon, Manitoba. Local ‘Man About Town’ Lindsay Nichol Brereton is known for releasing the single “Brandon MB” which earned him a cult following amongst early members of the Church of Better Daze. 

He later started an internet show called “My Show”. At the end of My Show Episode 1 he coins the term “Stay Crisp”. 

The term then took on a life of its own within the Better Daze community. 

Eventually, it has become part of the Church canon. It’s part of our philosophy. 

How To Live A Crispy Life

Living a crispy life does not need to be complicated. There are many ways to go about it. 

I, Boy Golden, am perfectly crisp when I am recording, particularly when I am playing with others. I am listening in my headphones to the song and trying to allow the parts to come to me, fully formed. 

Whatever I play on my first try is usually the right part; every other take is just trying to nail the performance of that intuition.

It is my hope that as I become increasingly crisp, I will be able to play everything once, on the first try, as the song demands. 

This is the same feeling I get when sitting in meditation. When I finally settle in, there is a sense of ‘dropping back’ that is the same sense I get when I am recording. 

That is why living a crispy life also requires you to be present for your life. 

Go figure. 

There are many things people do to remain crispy and present. Meditate, exercise, socialize, create, consume substances, maintain a regular sleep schedule, talk to their therapist.

Whatever gets you there, that’s what you must do. Just be careful – if you get too crispy you will get burnt. To be crisp is to be balanced, but it is also to be on the edge. It’s a hard place to stay, but it is possible. 

Can You Un-Crisp?

Yes. You can un-crisp. You can also over-crisp. This happens to me often. Nobody can be perfectly crisp all the time. 

A little bit every day goes a long way. 

Stay crispy, 

Boy Golden


Written by Boy Golden - Minister and Principal Songwritter @ The Church Of Better Daze.