At the risk of sounding like a broken record (pun intended), I have been losing interest in blogging over the last several months.
The last few BOTB posts had been scheduled quite a while ago, and I toyed with not participating this week (too much time in front of a computer at the office to want to spend more time in front of one at home), but I wanted to at least get a post here that would explain an absence.
Most of you reading post as part of a writing community, and gather support from each other-I pretty much do this for the helluvit, and as I have posted several times during this year, the thrill is waning.
It hit me this morning (I am typing this on Saturday the 13th), that this marks a year for my participation in BOTB, and I thought why mark the occasion with the song that kind of represents the beginning of a lifelong obsession with music?
So for what may be (I said may-it ain't just a woman's perogative to change her mind, so ne dis jamais jamais) a final BOTB entry, I'm going to take you back to where it all began.
As I have often said on these pages and in my comments to other BOTB participants, the first record I ever purchased was Diana Ross Presents The Jackson Five.
I am guessing it would have been sometime during the month of October 1971, as I had to save up my allowance for almost two months (I was still a few months away from lying about my age to take over a paper route from my friend), and the cartoon featuring the Jackson Five premiered on September 11, 1971*.
*Interesting trivia-thirty years later to the day, a (possibly government-sponsored) terrorist attack on NYC demolished one of my favorite CD haunts, J&R Music World (I had just been there the Saturday before).
The theme to the Jackson Five cartoon was actually a medley of different songs, but I did not know that yet.
That first album opens with the song "I Want You Back," which is, of course featured in the medley, but I remember my confusion over the difference.
I remember some cereal having plastic records on the back of the box, one of which may have been the theme-I had one or two of those and am sure I wore out the fragile grooves.
I am not sure that that little tidbit is relevant to anyone but me, but hey, it's my keyboard-you could have skipped that paragraph if you wanted to.
Here, then, is that first track from that first record.
You now get to relive that moment with me....imagine yourself as a ten year old, slowly letting the needle fall on your new purchase...
That was 1971...as the decade wore on, while I never abandoned my love of the Motown sound, my taste branched out, and by 1979, I was a fan of the 'new wave' bands that cultivated the punk rock edge with (in my opinion) better musicianship and songwriting.
One of these artists was Graham Parker And The Rumor, accused of being an Elvis Costello clone by the press, even though they had two records on the shelves before Elvis went into the studio.
Their best selling and most critically acclaimed record was Squeezing Out Sparks, which featured the single "Local Girls."
In what was becoming a trend in the music business (to sell you both the album and the singles), the 45 featured a non-album cut and was housed in a picture sleeve.
I still have it-and here's what it looks like:
Mine shows a little more wear, however.
I did not know until I played the B-side that GP was covering the Jackson Five.
Here is how that one goes.
You know how this works.
Feel free to vote (or not) in the comments section.
And make sure you venture over to the other sites that are featuring this topic today:
Far Away Series
STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Tossing It Out
Your Daily Dose
And those who came after:
Curious As A Cathy
The Creative Outlet of Stratplayer
The Sound Of One Hand Typing
Apologies if I missed anyone-I know Donna Hole was also participating but the link I had for her blog was no longer active.
Anyone else I missed, what can I tell ya?
I have a head like a sieve.