Monday, July 10, 2006

My Back Pages

I have iTunes on my PC now and I have downloaded a small fortune in music 99 cents a whack. My old vinyl records didn't survive the years in an un-airconditioned trailer in Alabama so I now cherry pick my favorite songs from the albums I had then. Bob Dylan, Mountain, Jimi Hendrix, Foghat, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
That was such a volatile period in our history. Things were changing fast and no matter how hard we struggled to hold on to the old familiar ways, they were slipping through our hands like a greased pig on MayDay.
As a teenager I felt like life was passing me by and at times I wanted to be anywhere but here.
The songs were angry and soulful and hopeful and sad. "The Times They Are A Changin'" absolutely blows me away. The lyrics in Turn, Turn, Turn - the song by the Byrds, were taken from Bible - the book of Ecclesiastes. It's just as powerful today as ever.
In the movie Forrest Gump, there is a scene when he is in Vietnam and they are on patrol....the song "All Along the Watch Tower" played by Jimi Hendrix comes on and it literally makes the hair on my arm stand up.
The CD in my truck plays MP3's. You might say - so what! Well here's the thing.... MP3's are much smaller than the songs on regular CD's. So I can load up a CD with upwards of a hundred of my favorite songs and hit random play and it will play for hours without repeating the same song. It's like the old jukebox at Randy's creame Cone in Dora......except of course, you can't get one of the best cheeseburgers on the planet in my truck.

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