Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

(a short jaunt)

"To Susan on the West Coast Waiting" - Donovan / “Barabajagal” (1969)

My fascination with the Vietnam War, both movies and books, was always fueled, in no small part, by the large output of music inspired by this terrible conflict.  In this gentle song, Donovan sings a letter written from...' Andy in Vietnam fighting' his favorite boo.  Separated because of the mandatory draft.  Not Donovan's best, but it's Donovan.  The album is recommended.

"Black Queen" - Stephen Stills / “Stephen Stills” (1970)

“This is a song about a card game.”  So Stephen Stills drunkenly declares before riffing off some dirty acoustic blues and baring his drunken soul.  This recording has become one of those infamous RnR stories passed down.   In this case, Stills had quickly finished off a bottle of some 'good ol' whatever it was' ...among other things, and picked up his hardware and began tripping off some pretty tasty, but out of his head, blues...all while unaware the studio tapes were running.  There were some pretty famous musicians hanging out so most of this legend is probably true.  Anyway, I like me some Stills from time to time.  Though his later musical output can be a bit of a briar patch to wade through.  This song and album, however, makes for safe travel.

"Carouselambra" - Led Zeppelin / "In Through The Out Door" (1979)

This is going to sound really, really strange, but I would much rather be surprised hearing this song blast outta my radio like it did the other day...than to have to watch the needle drop onto this opening track of "ITTOD" side two. Whaddyagonnado?


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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