The popular choice for best southern rock song would’ve been something by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I got a warm fuzzy when the top choice was “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band. That’s one of the very first songs I started choosing to play on my own (thanks to my brother leaving his tape where I could find it while I was home sick in the late winter of 1977).
If you want to see how the big boys play guitar, watch the late Toy Caldwell double-time it at the 4:55 mark:
Of course, it’s one of those uninformed lists. It’s hard to see how Mountain (a band from Long Island) makes the list other than the title “Mississippi Queen”. The same goes for the English band Humble Pie’s “30 Days In the Hole”. And then of course “Freebird” isn’t on the list at all, and the best the Allman Brothers Band can do is # 8.
On the other hand skimming these lists helps you recall songs you’ve forgotten. In my case, it’s “Highway Song” by Blackfoot; I’m pretty sure I haven’t heard that one since I moved away from Buffalo and its classic rock stations in 1989.
I got turned on to this by an old girlfriend in the mid-80s. What I remember, is that she wasn’t a waitress but she said that the sentiments in this song matched hers:
She also thought the song “Extra Executive” reminded her of her brother.
P.S. Jane Siberry’s lyrics are odd and provocative. Think Roald Dahl or Kobo Abe set to music. The title No Borders Here refers to a woman who meets a friend in dance class, but get so self-absorbed in dancing that she loses sense of time. Many years later, her friend is gone, and when she goes to the house where she lived she’s told there are no boarders living there. And then there’s the pun that Siberry is from Canada, and this was her first album released in the U.S.
Periodically, I search the internet to see if stuff I used to love has been digitized.
Back in the 1980’s, I bought an album by a French-Canadian folk band named Barde. The album was from the late 70’s, and I’m pretty sure I bought it as used record shop I used to frequent in Williamsville, New York.
It was great, mostly instrumental, Celtic-style stuff.
Back in the 80’s, I copied the album to a tape. And sometime in the mid-oughties I digitized the tape. Over the years I’ve looked for Barde on the internet, and found nothing.
This summer I’ve gotten out my LP’s. It’s time to digitize (the ones I never replaced with a CD) the right way.
I’ve been listening to the album First Pull Up, Then Pull Down by Hot Tuna for about 30 years now … and I just realized it’s a sexual reference.
FWIW: Jorma Kaukonen is in his seventies now, but the riff from “Been So Long” is still one of the things a budding guitar here ought to learn to play. This video is from a solo concert 20 years ago, but it’s the best one I could find that shows Jorma’s chops:
It’s about 2 gay guys of the same chronological age, but of different cultural ages, going to see a Judy Garland tribute show, and trying to figure out if she still (or should) have a special place in the hearts of gays.
I weep for my people.
I’m only half-kidding. I have this theory that because of the holocaust that was the AIDS epidemic and its annihilation of the previous generation of gay men, the faith of our fathers risks extinction. Today, Judyism, like Yiddish, is little more than a vague cultural memory.
Not for me. But then I grew up in a bubble of fabulousness …
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