I'm afraid I have to admit that I'm "musically challenged." Quite apart from anything else, I'm largely stuck in a time warp that involves Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, 10 CC, Genesis, and groups of that ilk (I don’t tend to listen to much modern music).
On top of that, even when we're talking about songs from "back in the day," I'm hard-pushed to link the right tune with the right band. By comparison, my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) and a number of my friends seem to have encyclopedic memories for this sort of stuff – they seem to be able to name every track from every group and even say what year each album came out. It blows me away.
I remember when I first saw the album cover to Déjà vu in the early 1970s. One of my friends was waving it around in the air (also we were relaxed and refreshed and feeling no pain, if you get my drift) so it was a bit hard to see the words, so instead of seeing "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young," I read it as "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Donny." My friends were so amused that they didn’t correct me for years ("thank you so very much!" :-)
The reason I'm waffling on about this is that a couple of evenings ago, Gina and I went to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash in a live concert at the Von Bron Center in Huntsville, Alabama. What can I say, it was absolutely brilliant, not the least that we had seats right towards the front (well, we were on the front row if you exclude the special three-row VIP section).
Sad to relate, we were told not to take photographs, and I'm always one to follow the rules (unless I disagree with them). So, keeping this in mind, here's the sort of picture someone might have taken at the concert if they were breaking the rules:
The music involved a great mix of old classics and more modern songs. In the case of the classics, the ones that really stood out in my mind were Déjà vu, Teach Your Children, Our House, and Marrakesh Express. When I first heard these tracks as a teenager back in England, I never dreamed that I'd one day be seeing them live (or that I'd be this old when it happened).
There was one track I wanted to hear that they didn’t play. I couldn’t remember the name of it or the exact words – just that it had something to do with "stars" and "southern." I asked Gina after the concert and she said "Do you mean Southern Cross?" and I said "that sounds like it" and she said "but they played that one!"
Eventually we worked out that I was actually talking about Seven Bridges Road by The Eagles – you know, the one that starts with them singing "There are stars in the Southern sky, southward as you go…"
In addition to being amused that I'd gotten the Eagles confused with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Gina said that the start of Seven Bridges Road sounded nothing like CS&N. However, on this point I'm afraid that I beg to differ; to me, the beginning of Seven Bridges Road could easily be a CS&N song. What do you think? Are you with me or with Gina on this one?
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The "Donny" mistake is quite funny. It is easy to see how your could make that mistake. It reminded me of aural equivalent. Someone I know (I will not embarass her publicly) thought that the title line of the Arrowsmith song "Walk this way" actually was "Gorgeous Wayne". It seems absurd, but listen to it; When Steven Tyler sings the words "Walk this way", it does sound a lot like "Gorgeous Wayne".
Perhaps Donny and Wayne are related?
Godley and Creme, who spun off from 10CC also had an 80's hit called Cry. I liked the song and was surprised to learn they were part of the 1970's band. How about one of my favorite 70's songs, Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck. I love the xylophone solo in it.
As a fully paid up member of the NYAS ( Neil Young Appreciation Society) this is sacrilege! Donny was the best one!
Going to see old Shakey in Newcastle & Glasgow next week - can't wait.
Any other "rustie" EE readers out there!
I gave up on concerts when the people would not shut up for Donovan, in New Orleans, a bunch of years ago. And I have passed by concerts that were way to loud at 200yards distance. They would have to be "ear-bleeding-loud" inside the venue. And I already suffer enough hearing loss that I really don't need any more.
But I did get talked into visiting a concert of "Trio con Brio" that was quite awsome. When the performance started it was absolute silence in the audience.
I do like rock music, most of it I like a lot. But never earbleedingloud. That is just way to much.
And no, the eagles almost never used the same harmony, so the mistake is quite reasonable.
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