I still love that music, but that August as I walked down barracks row at Fort Monmouth, I
heard Neil Young's, Tell Me Why which was on his After the Gold Rush vinyl LP.
I went inside and followed the music until I found a GI lying on his bunk playing the record on the record player he kept locked in his footlocker.
I told him I heard the song playing through the open window. The barracks weren't air conditioned then, so most of the windows were open from May through mid September.
He smiled as he tossed me the album cover. I sat on the edge of the bunk across the aisle and read about Neil Young.
As it turns out, I had also become interested in photography at that time, and I recognized that the album cover was actually a negative.
Even though I didn't own a record player at that time, I went to the PX and bought the record.
My friend Ken Runnels who lived in the bunk next to me had a record player and when I returned to the barracks, we listened to the record over and over.
It was as if that music opened a new window for me. Soon I was listening to Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and the list went on.
It was then I really began to appreciate music. The songs I listened to then had a profound impact on me, and the music I've written since then. I'm so thankful I heard Tell Me Why on that steamy August day.