i've been thinking a lot lately about friends and family members who've left us, and, as a result, have been listening to some things that have a heavy nostalgia factor, including:
the bears - self titled first album
adrian belew and pals doing their beatles-pop-rock thing. catchy tunes, lively playing, great songs. i taped this for my friend lynn many years ago, and she just loved it. lynn was responsible for hooking me up with my wife, and passed away way too soon. every time i play this, i always think of her, with love and gratitude.
blood, sweat and tears - child is father to the man
this record has it all - jazz, rock, blues, soul, r & b and psychedelia. al kooper's finest hour. i vividly remember the night my brother bought this, and what was happening at that time in my life - wishing i was wearing just about anything else than what my parents had bought for me, wishing my hair was longer than it was, wondering how i could make an impression on the cute girl that sat next to me in math class. listening to this made me forget, for a while, all that nonsense.
mothers of invention - king kong, from uncle meat
i think my father had a hard time understanding just what the f uck my brother and i were listening to half the time. i remember him once telling my brother to "turn that caterwauling off" one evening while this was playing. as a parent myself, i have a greater understanding of the befuddlement my father must have experienced raising three kids. king kong has been a favorite of mine from the first time i heard it, not because it drove my dad nuts, but because it's a great piece of music.
freddie hubbard - red clay, straight life
john martyn - grace and danger, solid air
john and beverly martyn - stormbringer, road to ruin
david "fathead" newman - fire-live at the village vanguard
some cd's by recently departed musicians whose work i've loved for a long time.
and the henry cow box set arrived last week. i've been plowing through this, and loving every second of it. incredible music, from complex written pieces, to jaw dropping improvisations that are by turns knotty, pastoral, psychedelic, to art songs, rock songs and even a phil ochs song. robert wyatt makes a few appearances. if you're a henry cow fan, this is absolutely essential.
so, here's a tip of the hat to your loved ones and mine, those departed and those still with us. and please forgive the somewhat maudlin nature of this post.
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on Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:52 am, edited 1 time in total.
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