Another one from the archives of Music Memoirs, this one from December 8, 2009.
Let’s do a winter word association, music style: I give you some words and you tell me the artist, song etc that you first think of.
snowflake: This is going to sound weird, but the first thing I think of is that my friend Donna (one of my inspirations for starting this online journaling thing before it was called blogging; another reason this is not a blog) chronicled her very long struggle to conceive. When she went through IVF, the little fertilized eggs they implanted in her were her “snowflakes,” and for the early stages of her pregnancy, she referred to her soon-to-be daughter as her snowflake. And when I think of Donna and music, I always think of Stryper.
bitter: The bitterest song I know is Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen.”
cold: “Cold Gin” by Kiss. Ace Frehley wrote this, but in the early days of Kiss, Ace wasn’t very confident in his singing, so Gene Simmons sang it, even though Gene doesn’t drink. Ace re-recorded it for this year’s covers album, Origins, Vol. 1, maybe the last album I bought in 2016 before I had to switch into austerity mode. It’s a pretty dang good album, and Ace’s cover of his own song is a highlight. What an infectious riff.
snuggle: “We’ll snuggle close together like two birds of a feather would be.”
kind: “Cruel to be Kind” by Nick Lowe. A very very good song.
tree: Wayne and Wanda, of course.
dark: One of the greatest albums of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon. I’ve waxed poetic about it in this space before. Its greatness really cannot be overstated.
long: Huh. I wouldn’t have predicted this, but the first thing that pops into my mind is Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s “Long Time Gone.” I can think of twenty songs with this word in the title, but this is the one I think of first. Not really going to complain about that. David Crosby’s lead vocals on this are some of his best.
candy: I can’t think of anything once I think of Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy.”
special: I have this 80s playlist in Spotify, and I spent some time adding stuff to it last night (it’s up to about 160 excellent songs). Somehow, when I first created the playlist three years ago, I’d forgotten to include .38 Special, a band I totally loved when I was in ninth grade. So I added some of my favorite songs by them while riding home on the bus last night.
I may have written about this before, but I got my first paying job in ninth grade, so I thought I might be able to go to my first rock concert, now that I’d be able to pay for it myself. .38 Special was going to play, with Golden Earring opening, and I wanted so much to go! I presented my case to my father, but I knew I was going to get a no. It was on a school night. My dad said he respected that I was trying to pay for my own entertainment, and all the details were in order except that he couldn’t let me go on a school night. My parents had been consistent my whole life about school nights, so this wasn’t a shock, and I actually kind of understood. I was prepared for no and no is what I got. It was fine. I saw Rush in concert a year and a half later, and I’m still proud to say that was my first show. I think of .38 Special as almost my first concert.