Saturday Single No. 250

Beyond the comments that are posted here and occasional notes from fellow bloggers, I get very little email regarding Echoes In The Wind. And I almost never get snail mail connected in any way to the blog.

This week was different. Early in the week, I got a solicitation for a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal from an online company that had happened upon this blog. And yesterday, I got a CD in the mail: The first line of the address was Echoes In The Wind, followed by my name and my street address.

Now, that’s not miraculous. I’ve included my real name in the blog three times – I think – over the four-and-a-half years I’ve been writing: Twice as the copyright holder when I posted lyrics of my own and once earlier this year when I talked about being mentioned in the notes of a newly reissued Richie Havens CD. And I suppose, without trying it, one could Google “whiteray” in combination with some other useful terms and possibly come up with my name. From there, given that I frequently mention living in St. Cloud, it’s easy.

A related aside: About a month ago, I got an email from one of the women who’d taken part in St. Cloud State’s Denmark program the same year I’d been there. The email was headed “Love your blog!” And the first paragraph of the email read in part: “I’ve just recently stumbled onto it randomly when doing a Fredericia search. I’ve checked in every now and then and have gone back over the previous weeks a little at a time. It took me a little investigating to realize it was you, but that was fun, too.”

I was tickled by that. It’s not like I’ve kept the blog a secret from friends or anything, but I’ve never sent out, say, a mass email about it. And the thought that someone who knows me could stumble upon Echoes and find enough breadcrumbs in it to follow the path to my everyday identity is kind of cool. But then, I like solving puzzles enough to think that it’s kind of neat to realize I’ve created a minor puzzle.

Still, the small package in the mail yesterday with the blog name and my name and address did startle me for a second. It contained a CD evidently in the country/Americana genre along with some promotional material for the CD. I’m going to take some time in the next few days and listen to the music, and even though I generally write about older stuff, if it grabs me, I’ll likely write about it here.

As I said above, it’s possible that the musician who sent me the CD somehow stumbled across the blog and my occasional mentions of Americana and then did some detective work. It’s also possible that another singer in that genre whom I’ve mentioned in these pages – and who has sent me CDs for review – passed along my name and address. Either way, it was kind of cool to pull out of the mailbox something addressed to Echoes In The Wind.

And it’s kind of nice, too, to get unsolicited emails about the blog. Some of them just say “Hey, nice blog!” Others, and this is okay, are promoting bands and wondering if I can mention a specific band and specific CD in the blog. I read the email and usually listen to the music, but it seems like most often those bands play a style of music that doesn’t interest me. But those emails are still fun to get.

This week’s email was fun, too, in a different sort of way. It was from a company that transfers photographs to canvas for use as wall hangings, and the writer suggested that I might want to mention the company in the blog. If I did, I could get from the company any album cover I wanted on one of those canvas wall hangings. I could keep it for myself or offer it as the prize in a blog readers drawing or something like that.

I don’t have a counter at this location of the blog – although I’ve had one at each of the two earlier locations – so I don’t know how many people stop by here week to week. I’ve heard tales from performers over the years of gigs where five or ten people show up, but the gig goes on, and I sometimes think this blog is like one of those gigs. Now, I do write this blog for myself (sometimes I think that by doing so, I’m saving thousands of dollars that I’d otherwise spend on therapy), but everyone likes an audience, and I think one of the reasons I did pass on the blog contest suggestion – I was in kind of a bleak mood the day that email landed in my box – was that I really didn’t want to know how small my audience here is.

One of the other reasons I passed on the idea was a lingering remnant of the days when I was a newspaper reporter. Offers of favors traded for favorable coverage sometimes came along in those days, and they always felt unseemly and were clearly frowned upon by the editors of the weeklies and dailies where I worked. Of course, if a product’s promotional piece stops in my mailbox, and I think it looks like a good idea or a good product, I can always say so without accepting any favors. And the company that puts photographs on canvas looked like it had a good product. I’m sorry now that I deleted the email from the company’s representative without digging a bit further into the firm’s offering and possibly mentioning it here.

I’ve also been pondering the offer that I might or might not have accepted, and I’ve been wondering what album cover I would have had put onto a wall hanging. The obvious ones come to mind: Sgt. Pepper, Dark Side of the Moon, Abraxas, Born To Run. I thought about Déjà Vu. The Texas Gal threw into the discussion Three Dog Night’s first album and the Doobie Brothers’ Stampede.

But a thought came to me yesterday, and I know now what album cover I would want to hang on my wall. It would be the one I brought home with me from Denmark so many years ago: Den Store Flugt by Sebastian. And in thinking about that, I also finally decided what I wanted to do for this week’s Saturday Single, which – if my arithmetic is correct (and there’s a chance it may not be) – is No. 250.

Here, featuring the album cover, is the title track and the epilogue to Sebastian’s Den Store Flught (The Great Escape). Yes, it’s in Danish, but even if you don’t understand the words, the music is astonishingly beautiful. I love it, and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


One Response to “Saturday Single No. 250”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    As a poster on my wall, I had the cover art of the first album of the Original Santana Band. The one with the line drawing of a lion’s face with the hidden faces in the design. Let’s air conduct “Soul Sacrifice” off the original Woodstock album (another poster on my wall — the festival graphic and logo poster) some time.

    Peace, love, and music.

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