I have made mix tapes for the bar where I bartended, given away mix tapes at my birthday or going away parties, given the remains of my tape collection to a restaurant who swears to play them, been a radio DJ for an hour sharing rarities, paid the toll for the car behind me and given a mix tape to the attendant to pass back to that same car behind me, given away mix tapes to people I met on my travels while on the road (from the cute bartender at the Hideout in Chicago to a campsite in Utah) made mix tapes and CDs for friends and girlfriends. That's how I am. I love music, and I love sharing it.
So, what to share? I have well over 34,000 songs in my Ipod, over 2,000 CDs, and far more than that in my computer. I obsessively buy music, receive music as gifts, and borrow music from the library. Often, while listening to a song, I'll literally be bursting with the desire to share this with someone who may appreciate it as much as I do. So this blog will be my ramblings and musings about music: songs, artists, albums, eras, books, movies, live shows, history, corrections (who wrote that song?), personal stories, odd little facts, whatever comes to mind. I will not commit to a consistent schedule, but I will write when I feel like it and work toward at least once a week. Obviously, this will start off with me posting pretty often, as the idea is fresh and exciting, and may waiver as time goes on. Hopefully, some audience participation will fuel more excitement on my part.
So here goes: Post #1
I am listening to Dan Baird now and have the first CD by one of his former bands currently in the car CD player. You may have heard of his first band; The Georgia Satellites. Remember that great video for the one big hit, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" with the band playing on the back of a truck rolling down the road and the narrative from the song being interspersedly (I also make up words) acted out throughout the video? Yeah, that song kicked ass and so did the Georgia Satellites. I saw them (in 1987?) on the Rock & Roll Caravan Tour where they took the middle set between the Del Fuegos and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
They went on to record a few more records. There sophomore attempt (Open All Night) was ok, not great and their 3rd album (In The Land of Salvation and Sin) is really good. BTW, their first album (self titled)? Fantastic all the way through. Highlights Include "Battleship Chains" and "Railroad Steel."
So what happened to Dan Baird; writer, singer, guitar player of the Satellites? He moved to Europe where people truly appreciate American Music and show it by spending money, going to shows, dancing, and being generally excited. This is why several of his solo albums (some made with the band Homemade Sin) retail for $15+ and rarely show up used on Amazon or in my favorite hunting grounds, used record (CD) stores. But his first two solo albums (I believe) were cut in the U.S. and you can find them used sometimes. You can also go to his website and buy any of them new and he gets all of the money.
The one album I'd like to recommend is "Love Songs For the Hearing Impaired." That had another hit you may have heard, "I Love You Period." Well the rest of the album is one raucous guitar driven, balls out, no holds barred ride through true American rock & roll with country and blues influences. The songs are catchy, well written, and just flat out rock. My favorites are "Knocked Up" and "Julie and Lucky." Get that CD or buy it digitally where you buy music. It is the most accessible of his solo albums, but it may turn you on enough to dig a little deeper. So I'll stop there to leave you more of his music to discover on your own. Thanks for reading! Until next time...