Friday, February 22, 2019

I Went...SIRIUS...All The Way Home

(a short jaunt)

"Living In The USA" - The Steve Miller Band / "Sailor" (1968)

A cool slice of atmospheric psych funkiness. From the revving engine at the beginning to the cheeseburger request at the end.  "Doot do do do do doot doot.  Living in the U.S.A."  That can sometimes become an earworm.

"Look at You Look at Me" - Dave Mason / "Alone Together" (1970)

A deep cut...AND a lost gem.  This is what we came for.  The song begins simple enough.  The hellos and goodbyes of our lives.  I get it.  But then Mason pulls everything together with a brilliant guitar solo with not a wasted note one.  And by the time the song fades away into nothingness, you realize that "hellos and goodbyes" are never simple.  Not at all.  And that's in your face.  Now sure, some of Mason's later albums were clusterfucks of patchiness, but we keep coming back on that off-chance he'll pull another white rabbit like this out of his hat.

"Monkberry Moon Delight" - Paul and Linda McCartney / "Ram" (1971)

Paul growls out his vocals like Tom Waits ordering a snowcone at the Tasty Freeze.  I have no idea what Paul is singing about though.  However, I can not NOT hear the cry for "KETCHUP! KETCHUP!" every time I play this.  I'd look up the lyrics but that would spoil everything.  Whatever.  I'll take all of this ya got.


Casey Chambers

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