Also, question for you guys: What's your favourite album (erm. That's a recording on vinyl. Some of you may remember the big round black things with the little hole in the middle. Oh, and yes, dmbgrl1026, you could turn them over. *gg*)?
Why is it your favourite? Go into detail--I love hearing it, and I might discover some new music, which is always A Good Thing.
Mine's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John, and has been for the last OMG 29 years. Because? It's the most complete album I've ever heard, for one. It's the story of Elton and Bernie and their budding friendship and writing partnership (and I never really think of it being an 'Elton John album'. It's an Elton-and-Bernie album). What exudes from the songs, every one of them, is complete, bonding friendship and love. I get happy whenever I hear it, and I've yet to turn it off because I'm tired of it. If I could pick one album to take to the proverbial Desert Island, it'd be this one. I love every. single. track.
Nostalgically, the album reminds me of warm Summer days in 1975, newly fourteen and swimming in the backyard pool with my friend Tina, walking to the candy store, listening to Sox games on the transistor, looking ahead to the first school year ever that I didn't dread, sitting in my bedroom with the comic-book style bio of Elton and Bernie from the LP (you can't get that with the CD version!), letting myself be carried away by the music and the voice and dreaming, dreaming. I think of the countless thousands of times I must have listened to this beautiful thing and I listen again, and remember, and dream anew.
Lastly, but very much not least, today would have been John Lennon's sixty-fourth birthday. *raises glass with so much love and admiration* You're sorely missed, sai Lennon. If ever we needed you, we need you now.