You know how some songs, and not just Dead songs, transport you back to a certain time and place whenever you hear them? Maybe you didn't even like them at the time, but three notes and there you are driving back from the beach when you're 16, or whatever.
And some songs just come to embody a particular time and place forever after.
What are yours?
Sitting my buddies basement in the early 80's smoking some good old 'Afganie' Gold Seal, we would get good and ripped then ask some one to but on side two of Zepplin 4. My buddies albumn for Zepplin 4 was pressed with two side 1 labels so who ever tried to find side 2 would sit there fried and go flip. flip. flip looking so hard for side two...man I still laugh thinking about it. No doubt the albumn is worth some cash, so where is it Mike...
Yikes! Just reading the title, and I'm back in junior year at prep school, smoking bongs in Prosser and Pape's room. Zowie!
Conversation is always more interesting than recitation, so speak your mind and not someone else's.
"Hot Fun In The Summer Time" by Sly & the Family Stone "Hot Summer Day" by It's A Beautiful Day and "Groovin" by The Rascals. Man those songs bring back wonderful, happy memories! I hear those on the radio and I've just got to stop whatever it is I'm doing and sit back and close my eyes and smile. These songs came out during the best time of my life. I was young with no cares or responsibilities, my whole life ahead of me. I remember good times with my friends and endless summer days. Shit! Now I'm getting misty and nostalgic ... gotta go raid my record collection and put a few more spins on the old turntable ....
"Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God" ...
... the Books of Bokonon
Have you ever seen the rain..." Total chills, that one! CCR, sigh. My son and I were totally proud when we learned how to play "Bad Moon Risin'" on guitar-from the internet.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Barry Mcquire - Eve of Destruction
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
One of the first songs i was turned on to that was an experience. Everyone would gather round the turntable and then go off in sort of a grooved meditation dance of understanding and interperting the moments
and the music. Such fun! I still loved other radio songs of the time and hadn't yet been found or discovered Grateful Dead. This was kind of a prep song for the jams I would later enjoy and experience. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was mysterious in its sheer length and trippy organ swirls with spaced-out guitars and an awesome drum solo. What did they mean? Where or what was the Gadda-Da-Vida...was it the Garden of Eden or a place like none other somewhere in our minds...
"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"
Whenever I hear that song I'm 10 years old and sitting with my little sister in the back of my big sister's convertible Chevy, eating ice cream , with the AM radio blasting.
Loved your story about White Bird, Marye. Made me chuckle. Thanks.
to the Rodney Albin Memorial at what was probably Wolfgang's by that time. Featured the Dinosaurs (with Peter Albin, Barry Melton, John Cipollina, Spencer Dryden and Robert Hunter), along with David Nelson and various other of ol' Rodney's buds, including David LaFlamme. Given the nature of the event, the elder Albins were present, along with many many Dead- and Saur-heads.
At a certain point in the festivities somebody thought it would be good to play White Bird. LaFlamme allowed as how he wasn't sure the musicians knew it. "C'mon," says Hunter, loudly and into the microphone, "EVERYBODY knows fuckin' White Bird."
And then he got this absolutely stricken expression and looked at the relevant section of the audience and said, "I have to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Albin for using the f-word..."
As I recall, it was a real good White Bird, too.
i think thats
It's a Beautiful Day
that did white bird, with d. laflamme (sp?)
ahhhhh, now that takes me back.