I am a media guy. I am also a serious baseball buff. But, I am mostly a semi-pro musicologist. Adores NYC!
I don't own any Cranberries or Dolores O'Riordan music on vinyl. I did just buy this reissue of @thewaterboysofficial classic on Friday evening.
I'd like to think Ms O'Riordan would approve.
Sorry you had to go so soon, love.
There was more love to love, love.
May the waves of melody carry you home.
I feel like I say this phrase almost every day: "I was born in Jersey, raised in Texas." Those who only know me as a New Yorker, their ears are piqued because I apparently come off as more New York than anything.
But, that geographical dichotomy has given me great perspective where it comes to "race relations" in this country. This is not to say there aren't racial issues in places like Boston or New York or elsewhere in the North. There are. They're just different.
In October, I attended a wedding in Birmingham, Alabama. One of the unintended benefits of this wedding was seeing this site & its neighboring Civil Rights Institute.
I was moved to tears several times between that tour & the site of the church bombing.
In those tears, I remembered learning about the fight for Civil Rights that only "ended" 4 years before my birth on a motel balcony in Memphis.
In those tears, I remember the dragging death of James Byrd in Texas in 1998.
In those tears, I remember all my black brothers & sisters clamoring to be heard in the wake of severe police brutality.
In those tears, I remembered MLK.
Remember him today, too. He was not a perfect man. None of us is. But, he was a better man.
We have work to do, people. Let us get to it!
When Pat DiNizio died last month, I was shocked to remember how much of The Smithereens catalog I owned. I have some rare 7" records, a picture disc of their debut LP & a few other nicknacks.
But, until Friday night, I didn't have this record on vinyl. I had owned it on cassette in high school & bought the CD in college & got the vinyl the other night.
For me, it's their best, most wide-ranging record they made. Some great rockers, but 2 stellar ballads make this album stand apart.
Glad to have gotten this, indeed.
This is another cool find from Friday night's record store rummaging.
Stephen Stills is my favorite of the CSN crew & this is another original pressing from 1974.
There's an electric side with a full band. There's an acoustic side with just Stills on guitar.
The original price tag was on this still asking for $3.47 in 1974. I paid $3.99 in 2018.
The vinyl itself is in mint condition.
I admit that I was taken aback at how popular my earlier photo of Mel Tormé's album was that I decided to share me entire keep from my Friday evening record store rummaging.
I got all 4 of these tremendous albums for $20!
Much like "Tormé," "Swings Shubert Alley" is an original pressing from 1960.
It's on the Verve label & the weight of the vinyl delivers a depth of sound that brings me right into the studio, really. "Songs of New York" opens with my usual podcast opener in "Sunday In New York." It's a perfect record, honestly!
Found this original 1959 French pressing of this brilliant Mel Tormé record the other day for $6 in Greenwich Village.
It's in mint condition & sounds amazing for being nearly 60 years old.
So crisp, so warm & so wonderful!