Thank God, our game against BYE is over…
Now, before we all get obsessed with our next game against UCLA (which we will win going away), how about a short distraction from football. When I was young and playing music with friends as a hobby, we often played a game, loosely described as:
If you were isolated on an island for the rest of your life, with no contact to the outside word, and could take only 5 musical albums (yes, we spoke of music in units of albums in those days), what would you take? You can only take one album/CD/Collection from each musical genre, so if you ONLY like Rock, well, you ONLY get one.
Here are the genres:
There are clearly other genres, but each has an obvious association with one or perhaps two of these. Choose the closest.
Rock: Allman Brothers, “At the Fillmore East” (of the dozens of competing choices, the top might include the Rolling Stones’ Let it Bleed)
Blues: BB King, “Live in Cook County Jail” (too many competing choices to mention, well, maybe an old Robert Johnson, or Mississippi John Hurt recording…) BTW – saw BB live at Kingsbury Hall, in perhaps 1974; spectacular!
Jazz: Wynton Kelly Trio w/Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ at the Half Note. This is the most difficult choice for me, I want to trade all other genres for ALSO taking Jazz recording, Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue”. Have to choose one, so Smokin’ is it.
Country: When I was a teenager in the mid-seventies, I had a double album (long since worn out and discarded), something like The Best of Hank Williams. His tunes were so short, I think the collection included virtually all of his recordings. I want this! Having said that, I could list several dozen alternatives in this category, including several that cross the lines into Rock or Blues.
Classical: I want either a recording of Verdi’s Opera Rigoletto, or the nine Beethoven Symphonies… Since the nine symphonies account for a great deal more volume of music, I’ll take them… But this is also difficult…
Obviously no “right” answers and if you don’t care about a genre, ignore it. However, you don’t get more than one Rock recording
And, yeah, I’m old… but apparently the music never gets old. There are as many tunes from my youth, played at football or basketball games, as from any era since. (This actually seems unfair to me.)
Hope you enjoy the game.
Thank God the BYE week is over and we are only 6 days from football.