The further I get into writing A Song and a Story, the more I’m becoming self-conscious about how people are going to think these songs that have meaning to me are … weird, and possibly even … bad.
Nevertheless, I’m going to be bold and throw at this two-fer for the letter J:
Long before Apple decided to have a U2 album downloaded to all their users’ iTunes accounts, Sony released their Walkman personal stereos with a demonstration tape. A friend of mine had a copy of this tape and when I went to his house to play, we listened to it over and over and danced around the house.
When my father first began suffering the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, he went to stay with his parents, and ended up being another early adopter of the Sony Walkman, presumably so he could listen to Willie Nelson in peace. When he went to a nursing home, I found the demonstration tape left behind at my grandparents’ house and I BEGGED my grandmother to let me have the tape. And so I could listen to “Jungle Strut” to my heart’s content. Perhaps it was my introduction to World Music, but probably not. Nevertheless, I still think this song slaps.
Justified & Ancient
After I graduated from college, and moved into an apartment with my friends Meghan and Carrie. On one of our first night’s together, they put this song on and we danced around the apartment. Dancing around the house with your friends adds extra value to your memories of a song, so I suggest you try it if you have the chance.
If you’re not familiar, The KLF were a UK band of anarchists who made subversive dance tracks in attempt to bring ridicule to the commercial music industry. Tammy Wynette was the First Lady of Country Music. There was no sensible reason for these artists to come together to make this song nor the totally bonkers music video that accompanies it. Nevertheless, “Justified & Ancient” totally slaps.
2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story
A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town
H: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe
I: If I Were John Carpenter
If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:
- 2016: A journey through my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston.
- 2017: A spontaneous photograph each day.
- 2018: Watched and reviewed documentary movies.
And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:
- Book Reviews
- Movie Reviews
- Beer Reviews
- Music Reviews and Writing
- City Stories, expository writing about my experiences in various cities
And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.