Sunday, April 7, 2019

I Went...SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Franklin's Tower" - Grateful Dead / "Blues for Allah" (1975)

Roll away the dew, my friends.  This song is smothered in all kinds of catchy, groovy vibes.
What does this song mean?  Beats me.  It means whatever you want it to mean.  I'm not a Deadhead yet...but I'm starting to drink their kool-aid.  Take this mantra...and use it for good.

"The Friends Of Mr. Cairo" - Jon and Vangelis / "The Friends Of Mr. Cairo" (1981)

I heard this once on the radio a long time ago and then I never heard it again.  The DJ never identified the song when it finished and I couldn't recall any specific lyrics to Google it up.  That's hell!  But I do remember being wonderfully tranced listening to it.  I'd long since forgotten about the song...except for the occasional outta-the-blue moments when a jangle snippet would bounce around in my head for no apparent reason.  This past week and a decade later, I finally heard the song for a second time and learned who was responsible.  Twelve minutes of Yes vocalist Jon Anderson accompanied by Aphrodite's Child keyboardist Vangelis.  Almost 10 years between listens.  It was a great ride home.

"Lather" - Jefferson Airplane / "Crown of Creation" (1968)

One of my favorite Grace Slick songs.  "Lather" sounds very trippy and floaty...and just a wee bit spooky.  The song is about someone who's turned 30, but his mind has never quite caught up.  Alice Cooper would later explore this subject on a much deeper level, but this is a good start.  "Crown of Creation" might well be my most played JA album I own and definitely worth picking up.
(FWIW...The song was written about JA drummer Spencer Dryden.)


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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