Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Like I said earlier, I have been listening intently to the radio since I was 4 years old, and starting buying stuff when I was 6 (1969). I would just get completely lost in the melody and other-worldliness of the production and sound and MAGIC of the songs. I remember that 45's (singles) were 65 cents, and I would scrape and steal loose change until I had enough to go to Kmart (among other places). Back then, whenever I heard a song that I loved, it seemed to me that I could never in a million years ever get tired of the song, and I waited the 2 or 3 hour hit cycle on the radio for the DJ to play it again. But I soon realized that even the best things in life can sour or grow old, and it made me sad when I started realizing that I was getting tired of a song or that it no longer moved me as it once did. The first 45 I ever bought was "ABC" by The Jackson Five (RIP Michael). I just couldn't imagine how people came up with such music, playing, emotion - genius! For some cracked-out reason, whenever my parents had dinner parties (which was frequent), they would keep the intercom radio system on in me and my brothers room, which most of the time wasn't such a problem. BUT...the sheer terror of hearing "Knights In White Satin," or "Major Tom" or "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" theme at 11 at night when you're all alone upstairs...not cool. At any rate, much more on my listening habits and music history another day. Which is the name of Paul McCartney's first single.


  1. Have you read Neil Peart's book "Traveling Music" it is sub titled something like "the soundtrack of our lives" I think. I think you could really connect with that.

    Having said that, how funny is it that I had very similar experiences regarding the purchase of a new "single"? I specifically remember my first single ever was "Superstitious" by Stevie Wonder. The other two mind burned in were Westlife's "Joy in the Sun" and Paper Lace (I think) The night Chicago Died!

    I did have two early albums - One Osmond Brothers and one Jackson Five. I loved that the Jacksons were so young (dang I was six probably) but I was always told that I looked like Donny at that age so I always hoped that they would be the bigger hit.

    Finally, I also remember buying many of my records at TG&Y. Do you remember them?

  2. Yes! I bought one or two 45's from there in the day. And at least no one said that you looked like Jermaine Jackson!