Welcome to something new. NEXT is about new so I’m trying something new. I hope you like. It’s a quick (?) travel through my life IN music.
We should begin at the begin.
(Always thought that would be a great song to be the first song I’d play if someone, someday gave me a radio station.)
So around the house growing up there wasn’t a lot of music playing. Or at least that I remember (I’m sure there was) but I have vivid memories of driving in the car and hearing these two songs.
I asked Papa (my Dad) once: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? He said “Elvis”.
He was also a Parrothead.
Middle school or Junior High.
It was a birthday in 1982. I got my first two tapes from a friend. Tapes. Not CDs. Not Albums. Not MP3’s (not even a “dream” at the time I would guess) but Tapes of Asia and Journey. Loved both album covers too.
Yes “Don’t Stop Believin'” Was everywhere but this one was my favorite. I’m still of the belief that if the “radio” song is the best song on the album; then it’s a huge disappointment.
I also remember “dances” and this song always got us smiling (For obvious Junior High Reasons). And yes I know it’s about the “horrors” of the record business (like Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar“…and by the way which one’s Pink?)
I went out and bought “Don’t Say No” and loved every bloody song. In fact, that inspired me to buy “Tale of the Tape” (Billy’s previous LP) and I couldn’t wait for “Emotions in Motion” but we will not cover the sad “ending” of his career with That Video. I still can’t believe that happened. I still bought his albums. Everyone else…not so much.
The Following year. I’m in 8th grade. We are on a bus for a field trip. Micheal Gilson brought his Walkman with him. He said, “You have to hear this new tape I got.” He gave me the headphones…I never gave them back. Listened to the whole tape. I loved it.
One thing now if you listen to the CD of Pyromania it’s out of it’s proper listening “flow”. It was put together so well. The First side…flowed. The Second side…flowed. On the CD…it doesn’t flow. The order of the songs are all messed up. I wonder what a good order would be for the CD?
I could pick any song of the album but I’ll dig just a bit deeper.
Ready for High School? We’ll cover that next.