33 1/3 RPMs of Wisdom

Since I was a very little boy (say seven years old) I have listened to music. Maybe because I was the youngest in my family and my older brother who was eight years older than me was a teenager and a musician, by default I heard a lot of rock and roll. I can still remember listening to two albums over and over as a kid.

One was Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), The Rolling Stones’ second official compilation album that was released in 1969. Maybe it was that octagon shaped album cover (never seen that shape since) or that alt-country bluesy feeling of Honky Tonk Women or the intrigue of that funky photo of the band but I listened to it again and again.Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), The Rolling Stones

Then there was soundtrack from Woodstock released in 1970. Most memorable to me was Canned Heat doing Going Up The Country and Jimmy Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner. But maybe favorite was Sha-Na-Na’s recording of At the Hop. I had never heard any of these songs played before but I never tired of them.

As a seven year old I certainly had no trained sense of musical taste or interest but these albums were laying around and once I played them, I played them again and again and again. I guess like a moth to the flame, I was drawn. For music appreciation day in fifth grade, I took my brother’s album Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix. I guess I thought everyone should hear Purple Haze. I loved the lyric “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.?
Are You Experienced, Album Jimi Hendrix

As I grew older my love for listening and playing music only increased and I began to use lyrics in my vocabulary. My friends and I would often take a phrase from a song and apply it where we felt it sounded right in our conversation. When we were ready to go somewhere, we would often say “Ramble On” (Led Zeppelin, Ramble On, Led Zeppelin II, 1969) or when we were beset by some unfortunate event we were often “Shattered – oo sha dooby? (Rolling Stones, Shattered, Some Girls, 1978) or challenged by some difficult task, we asked ourselves Are we not men? (DEVO, Jocko Homo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, 1978). Or as my brother still sings to his now adult children, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.? (Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, 1969).

For years I have wanted to compile my favorite one liners from songs that I love – and I keep discovering more!. Thanks to blogging, I am now getting my chance. So these are my faves. I hope some of these lyrics matter to you. Some contain wisdom, some just mean something to me, some make me smile and some make me remember simpler days. I certainly won’t cover every topic, band, song or genre and I won’t feel bad. This is just the way I remember it and the way I see it every day. So “Hey ho, let’s go,? (The Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop, The Ramones, 1976).

One response to “33 1/3 RPMs of Wisdom

  1. Lisa Williams

    Love it! I am reaching my novel and Honky Tonk Women is an important song to this book, great blog!

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