Just realized the differences between my old job and my new jobs. For instance, at my old job I worked 66 hours a week and now between two jobs I work 65 hours a week. I used to work weekends, only having Wednesdays off (but sometimes having to come in UNPAID). I have weekends off now! The best part, besides working less (even if it is just an hour) and having weekends off is that on averages I make about 3 times more a week than I did at my old job. Here’s to changes for the better!
Happy Record Store Day! Be sure to shop at independent music and other stores more than just one or two days a year. Celebration time! Never before released in the US, Fleetwood Mac’s “Purple Dancer” from 1970 on purple vinyl. Only 3,000 pressed.
The night before Record Store Day :) I’m excited. Listening to “Heavy Chevy” by Alabama Shakes gets me real excited! The song didn’t quite make their 2012 debut album, Boys & Girls , but luckily a 7” was packaged inside. I bought this album at a Shakes concert and had to carry it around in a backpack during the concert…carefully. Definitely happy it made it survived. If you aren’t familiar with Brittany Howard, you should be. Excited to see what everyone gets tomorrow!
Only 2 days left till Record Store Day! I love the artwork on Cream’s 1967 Disraeli Gears album. The artwork was done by a neighbor of Eric Clapton and the album title is actually from when Clapton was looking to buy a bicycle and someone misspoke and referred to the gears as “Disraeli”, who is actually a prime minister…not bicycle gears. “Sunshine of Your Love” is my favorite song on the album and has always been my favorite Cream song. I don’t know about you guys, but after today I could go for some sunshine and love.
I heard “The Way You Make Me Feel” three times today. Clearly a sign for today’s Record Store Day project. It happens to be from my favorite Michael Jackson album, Bad. 1987’s Bad also brought us “Man in the Mirror”, “Dirty Diana”, “Smooth Criminal and, of course, “Bad”. I’m happy that1987 happened, I just wish the duets that were planned for this album happened too.
Since Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, is meant to be played continously I had to play the beginning. Wish there was enough room for the whole story. So the beginning, a “Speak to Me” snippet then “Breathe”, perfect songs for a Monday night. Oh snap, I forgot to sync up The Wizard of Oz.
Winding down on this beautiful Sunday night with Odetta’s “Joshua” off her debut solo album Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues from 1956. Odetta inspired many artists from Bob Dylan to Harry Belafonte to Janis Joplin. Her inspiration didn’t end with musicians, Odetta was a major voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. The world is a better place because of this woman.
Stevie Nick’s debut studio album, Bella Donna released “Edge of Seventeen” in 1982. Nick’s wrote the song, with one of the most memorable riffs, after her uncle and John Lennon passed away in the same week. There was so much recorded music not included in beautifully hard album, I hope it all surfaces one day soon.
Only a week away from Record Store Day! I fell asleep before posting yesterday’s Record Store Day project! If you haven’t been folllowing, I’m posting one record a day as a countdown to RSD. You can find the rest of my RSD projects by using #rsdproject. I’ll post two today to make up for yesterday. First, Neil Young with Crazy Horse “Cowgirl in the Sand” off Neil’s second album (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere) in 1969. He wrote the song while having a 103° fever. Some say it’s about a loose woman, some say the song is about Young and Neil Young claims it’s about the beaches of Spain (he’s never been). Either way, thanks for being so fevered that night Neil Young.
A fun collectors item to get at each Record Store Day are the Side by Side Series. A 7” with the same song on both sides but by different artists. There’s a mystery Side by Side released on Record Store Day, the song and artists unknown, in an all black album cover with a question mark. I knew what I was getting with this one. On gold colored vinyl, the song is Respect; both recorded in 1967. One side with Otis Redding and the other has my personal favorite, Aretha Franklin.