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Easter Memories

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As a little kid in a house that was pretty religious and also did the non-religious stuff like hiding the Easter basket for me and my 2 older brothers to find, it was always something to look forward to on Easter Sundays.  Mind you, my brothers are 6 and 8 years older than I am and I can remember their indifference to the whole thing.  But being a little kid, I was into it.

I remember an Easter conversation I was having with my Dad around 95 or 96, not long before he died.  I asked why it always seemed like my basket was hidden under the kitchen sink with all the cleaners and poisons and stuff.  My Dad was awesome and gave me a hilarious response that I will never forget.

He said, “Aw damn, son.  Your mother was the one trying to kill you, not me.”  If you knew my Dad, this was a pretty fitting quote.  That guy was awesome and I still miss him every day.  He always loved Easter and pretty much life in general.

Happy Easter everyone.  Whether you’re a believer or not, hope it’s a good day for you.

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April 24, 2011 at 9:05 am

Eagles – The Long Run

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This is definitely one of my “back in time” or “nostalgia” records.  I can remember my oldest brother bringing it home on 8-track (late ’79 or early ’80) and playing it in his POS ’76 Mustang.

Just seeing the cover takes me back to a time when things were so much easier.  We had just moved from the ‘burbs to a farm (which I was none too happy about) and I was about 10 years old.  Dad had just retired from the NAVY a year before after 20 years of service.  Everything was different.  Dad was home more (which was great) and my brothers (6 and 8 years older than me) were getting into trouble all the time.  What was a kid to do to escape a little?  Music!

For whatever reason over the last few days, the song I Can’t Tell You Why has been playing over and over in my head.  I love that song and it’s quite possibly one of my favorite songs of all time, definitely my favorite Eagles song.

In general I love this album but there are a few tracks that while I probably loved them as a kid, I can’t stand them now…Heartache Tonight, Those Shoes and The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks.  When the album is playing I always skip those 3.

But then there’s the rest of the album…man, what an album.  The title track, In The City (although I prefer the original version from The Warriors soundtrack a little more), I Can’t Tell You Why, Disco Strangler, King of Hollywood(!!!), Teenage Jail and The Sad Cafe.  All of these are such wonderfully written and performed songs.  King of Hollywood definitely ranks highly for me all time as well.  So dark and brooding.  Love it.

While I’m not the biggest Eagles fan in the world, I certainly would say this is their best effort.

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August 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I’m just waiting on a friend…

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It’s no secret that my older brother, Robert, was a big influence on my musical development, especially between 1975 albumcoverTheRollingStones-TattooYouand about 1981/82.  One of the bands that he introduced me to is The Rolling Stones.  To date they are still my 2nd favorite band of all time behind Iron Maiden.  He loved the Stones and subsequently so did I.  He played them a lot and they became ingrained into my musical repertoire.  After Wyman left I was done with them, but I love just about every album they did with him save one or 2 in the 80s.

I can remember coming home from school and listening to Tattoo You on vinyl.  Typically mom and dad were at work and who knows where my brothers were.   I seemed to have time to spin records before they all came home.  Very influential and time well spent.  Homework?  Pfffft!

This album was always special to me though.  It’s one of those albums that brings me back to a certain time in my life, actually to 2 different times in my life.  I guess I have a lot of those types of albums and I am glad for it.  Without music I don’t know how I would have ended up.

Tattoo You wasn’t a perfect album for the Stones although it had one of their biggest gits on it…Start Me Up.  Sure it’s a fun tune but not one of their finest moments in my opinion.  I really loved their slower tunes and this one has some great ones on it, pretty much all of side 2.  Worried About You, Tops, Heaven, No Use In Crying and Waiting On A Friend.  Such a smooth album side.

Side one’s highlight for me is Little T&A.  When I was 19 I briefly dated a girl that this song seemed to fit so well.  Typically when we went out I would play it sometime during the evening.  Hang Fire is pretty good too.  Pretty cool cover art as well.  But all in all, side 2 rules this album.

There are many other Stones album that I like better, but this one does have that special place.

“Ain’t no use…”

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September 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm