Fourteen Years

It was on this day in 2007 that I figured out what I wanted to do with this space. I’d been posting albums from my collection since mid-January, first with no commentary, then with comments pulled from All-Music Guide, and then with some tentative assessments of my own.

Then, on a Saturday that actually happens to be fourteen years ago today, I wrote about a Danish single – “Rør Ved Mig,” the one I mentioned in Saturday’s post – and just a little about how hearing it made me feel back in 1973 and a fair amount more about how hearing it made me feel in the present of 2007:

For just a few moments, it is the fall of 1973, and I am walking somewhere inside the old portion of the city of Fredericia, Denmark, maybe heading to have a beer with a buddy, maybe walking with my long-ago girlfriend, or maybe just walking. It’s a golden day in October, and somewhere, not too far away, Lecia & Lucienne are singing “Rør ved mig. Så jeg føler at jeg lever . . .”

And I’ve continued to do that for fourteen years, offering posts of “music as memoir” – a phrase that my brother in blogging, jb of And The Hit Just Keep On Comin’ credits me with finding (though I’m certain it’s been used before) – along with posts mostly about record charts and surveys, sometimes about books and movies, and sometimes just about the life the Texas Gal and I are living here in St. Cloud.

No, I’m not wrapping things up here. This ain’t a retirement speech. For the foreseeable future, I’m going to keep on throwing things at the wall to see if they stick. Some days, I hope, I will say something that matters to someone out in the digital world and say it in a way that I hope is original. Other days, I might not have much to say, but at least – to my ears – the music here will be good.

Thanks to those who pop by here, whether you’re one of the old-timers or a relative newbie or something in between.

And now for some music: Here’s “They Call It Rock & Roll Music,” a track by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends from the 1970 album To Bonnie From Delaney. With help from Duane Allman and King Curtis, the track is about as good as rock music got for me in the early 1970s when I was exploring things I’d been missing.


4 Responses to “Fourteen Years”

  1. Charlie says:

    Glad you’re not saying goodbye. Keep up the good work.

  2. rlb says:

    Always well written. If today’s doesn’t stick, there’s tomorrow. And the Archives. Good stuff. Keep writing !!

  3. Jeff says:

    Congratulations on 14 years! Coming up on that myself. Keep on keepin’ on, man!

  4. Yah Shure says:

    Happy Figuring-It-Out Day! That’s leagues better than mid-January’s “Happy What The Hell Am I Doing? Day” ever would have been.

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