Friday Pick Six: My Musical Soundtrack part 2

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Needle and the Damage Done – Neil Young 1972
One of the first songs I learned to play on my own guitar…I loved listening to Neil Young sing this song. I was aware of the 60’s and while I didn’t know anyone who used ‘hard drugs’ at the time this song was a sad tribute to the musical voices we lost.
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen (released 1967-memorable 1973)
In 1972 I met a girl named Kim that I thought was one of the coolest people. She had hair like Carole King and hippie parents and she played the guitar. She introduced me to this song, a song I still believe is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The lyrics are hauntingly beautiful and it was the first time I had a glimpse of who I wished I could be. I began dreaming of living in New York and falling in love with a poet.
“And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed…”
Money – Pink Floyd 1973
My friend had a car. A baby blue car that she had the underside painted white. It was SoCal, it was beautiful, and we were beginning to feel the freedom of being able to leave our neighborhoods. It was in that car that I remember listening to this song. It isn’t emotional, but it still evokes those lovely Southern California days when we would drive around to nowhere with the windows down, pretending that we knew where we were going.
Call Me – Blondie (1980)
When this song came out I was in a very difficult and trying time of my life. I really do not want to visit those dark days, but when I hear this song I remember them…and how lost I felt… It was the first time I really questioned who I was, who I had become, and found myself lacking. In searching for who I was, I became a little lost in 1980. I still owe some amends for that year.
Breakdown – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (released 1976-memorable 1982)
New Years eve 1981 was spent at my best friend Beth’s house. There was a party of some kind, the details of which were immediately fuzzy..and I spent the night on her couch. As we sat around the next afternoon I had a phone call from my roommate telling me that I had a visitor. “You’ll never guess who is here,” she said, “your ‘cousin’ Jay!”. (We were not really cousins, but that’s another story.) I remember distinctly turning to my friend Beth and saying “I’m in trouble.” Boy, was I ever!
Jay introduced me to Tom Petty in 1982 when he showed up on my doorstep, New Years Day, and stayed forever. This song evokes all the wonder of that first year of crazy in love days and a future that was almost too bright to imagine. When I hear this song now I can still remember listening to it for the first time with him.
“It’s all right if you love me
It’s all right if you don’t
I’m not afraid of you running away honey
I get the feeling you won’t.”
Well, he was certainly right about that one!

Beautiful Day –U2 (2000) - The year 2000 was memorable for a lot of reasons, but the main one was that it was my first trip to Europe. My mother, son Jason and I flew into London, ran to another gate and boarded a teeny little plane for Dublin, Ireland. We had been traveling for 24 hours with no sleep when we arrived, but the city was calling to us, so we dropped our luggage off at the b&b, got vague instructions about which bus to get on, and headed into the city. That first visit to Dublin was magical in many ways. On every street, pouring out of almost every café and shop we passed by, was U2’s song “Beautiful Day”. I still cannot hear this anywhere and not immediately think about how wonderful it was to be in Ireland for the first time.

Videos After The Jump
The Needle & Damage Done - Neil Young
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
Money - Pink Floyd
Call Me - Blondie
Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Beautiful Day - U2 (Sorry VEVO)

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