Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Monday

Day 19 - A song from your favorite album

It may speak to my age and talkin' bout my generation, but it is really difficult for me to think of a favorite album because it's really difficult for me to think of, in toto, any album at all.  The ones I do think of, while obviously I really like them, I find hard to categorize as a favorite anything.  Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, for example, will forever remain in my music collection.  Those are albums that are almost too good to be sullied by association with me, a mere mortal.  They are among my favorite, but in a detached, intellectual way.  Not in the same way that  "Again, Again" is my favorite Lady Gaga song.

Eventually, by defining "favorite album" as "album with the best ratio of tracks I like to songs I skip," I think I had to settle on either Simon and Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park or CCR's Willy and the Poor Boys.  CCR eventually won because it served me well on a train ride from Pennsylvania to Florida; one of my fondest memories of that particular trip to Disney World had nothing to do with the park and everything to do with being curled up on the train, drifting off to sleep, listening to John Fogarty's rendition of "Midnight Special."  I couldn't have been more than 10 or 11 because I was using a bulky old Discman that ran on half a dozen AA batteries (it came with a wall plug!) that had to be retired early into middle school.  Think about how much bigger the first generation GameBoys were than later iterations like GameBoy Color: that was about the size difference between this Discman and contemporary standards.  The Concert in Central Park had loads of tracks I ended up recording to mixtapes for other vacations, but at the end of the day I didn't sit and listen through the whole thing all too often.

"Fortunate Son" is the one that always gets quoted off of this one, followed closely by the title track.  They're definitely good songs, but this is the one that will always have a special place in my heart.

No comments:

Post a Comment