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Recently, someone suggested identifying record albums with the biggest impact on my life. I decided to not simply list them, but put them in story form. In the following, I sometimes name the album, other times I only allude to the album.
I listened to Miles Davis when I was Kind of Blue. But, when I was Tangled Up In Blue, I listened to Bob Dylan. One day a friend said to me, “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window”. I did and we drove down Highway 61 listening to Blonde on Blonde. When we arrived at Desolation Row, they told my friend “your in the wrong place – you better leave”. He picked up his postcards and left. I stayed on Desolation Row.
I arrived late to the “Benefit for Mr. Kite” and also got a parking ticket. I’m sure you know who gave me that. I then stopped at “the place where nothing is real” but hit The Wall and became “comfortably numb”. The Karma Police said, “This is what you’ll get when you mess with us.”
I wasn’t much of an 80s music fan. I liked U2, but overall, when it came to music of the 80s, “I Still Hadn’t Found What I Was Looking For”. But, then, just in the Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty rescued the decade and made me “Feel a Whole Lot Better”. Bob Dylan released Love and Theft in 2001. This album reminds me of what Picasso said, “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal”. Or was it Banksy who said that.
I once listened to Jimmy Jazz in a gluten free bakery on Broome Street. I knew this music would Clash with the Karma Police and The Early Roman Kings. But Kid A helped me put “Everything in it’s Right Place”. At the Funeral, Arcade Fire sang, “une annee sans lumiere” and then moved to the Suburbs. Around that time Laura Marling, who Once was an Eagle and also starred in a Short Movie, sang “It’s funny that the first chords that you come to are the minor notes that come to serenade you” and reminded me that I was “Wild Once” and not to forget it. The Early Roman Kings and the Karma Police did not like that either. But it doesn’t matter: I finally discovered they are powerless on Desolation Row.
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