Listening to Gary Clark Jr. play "When My Train Pulls In" gives me flashbacks to when I first discovered the magic of Robin Trower. The track from Clark's album, Blak and Blu, is the first entry in my Summer Break 2013 Playlist. We're cramming a lot of new beginnings into the summer--job, house, driver's license, car, pets, kinder and pre-k--'I'll be ready' is a mantra that I keep repeating to keep myself from freaking out. Fortunately, for the first time in quite a while, all of the 'new' weighs heavily on the positive with almost no negative.
In 1975 when Jackie Blue came out, I was 10 years old. It seemed like a mystical and magical song that was somehow beyond my comprehension; there had to be some hidden, fantastic, meaning that I'd soon figure out. That year, Jackie Blue was everywhere--playing 2 times an hour on the radio and in constant rotation at the roller rink.
Every time that I hear the song, it sends me back to that time when all music seemed to be filled with mystery and wonder. I always knew that the band's name was the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, but I didn't know enough about the Ozarks, mountains, or daredevils to imagine what they looked like. I always pictured a pre-disco, really hot woman singing the song in a super cool 70s haze. In yet another way that the internet has taken the mystery out of everything, I discovered how far from reality my fantasy existed.
These are they guys driving my daydreams that year. Not sung by the woman of a 10 year old boy's dreams, but a classic song just the same.
Two bonuses today: a cover by AM & Shawn Lee followed by another cover by The Smashing Pumpkins.
Hearing Thin Lizzy on the radio convinced me to ride my bike down to the record store and buy "The Boys are Back in Town." It turned out to be one of the best possible uses for a 10 year old boy's allowance in 1976. The single convinced me to upgrade and buy the whole album, Jailbreak. As epic as The Boys are Back was, "Cowboy Song" became my favorite song from the lp. I had no idea what any of the lyrics meant, but I did know that the band's twin guitar attack defined how I thought that rock music should sound.
There isn't much in the way of high quality video of the band from back in the day, but the first clip of "The Boys are Back in Town" from 1978 isn't bad. I couldn't sacrifice the sound of "Cowboy Song" for a bad video, so I included a recording from the BBC.
There are certain songs that just somehow magically appear when the time is right. All day, I've had the Offspring screaming 'You're Gonna Go Far Kid' in my head. It's enjoyable, for sure, but that only happens when I'm on the verge of burning a bridge. Burning bridges is something that I do pretty well. Everyone always says not to burn your bridges, but I contend that there are many bridges that need to be burned. I'm not sure that I'm prepared at the moment for all that burning bridges entails, but you can't fight the universe, I guess.
So, for no other reason than to share the voices in my head, here is 'You're Gonnna Go Far Kid' in all of its video glory. If you're in the right mood, this will fuel you to rip up the world. Turn it up really loud, if you're able!
Lately I've been feeling pretty nostalgic for the music from the beginning of the 00s. It seems that i think endlessly about how strangely and how fast time moves. About ten years has gone by since Puddle of Mudd released Blurry. It seems a lot closer to yesterday than ten years.
Overall, the end of the 90s-beginning of the 00s was a great time for music. To put that in perspective for me, it would be like if my junior high teachers talked endlessly about the music from the mid-60s. We would have thought that they were dinosaurs. Well, i guess that i can accept being a dinosaur!
originally posted on Ed.ucate.Me on November 23, 2011. Reposted to fix video issues.