Saturday, June 17, 2006

My dad's music

I listen to music now that my parents used to listen to that used to drive me crazy. I listen to Segio Mendes and Brasil '66. I listen to Burt Bacharach. I listen to Glen Campbell and The 5th Dimension. I think, now in my middle adult years, that Roger Miller was one of the coolest motherfuckers ever. King of the Road . . . Upright bass, finger snap and Roger, "Trailer for sale or rent . . . "

The reason I listen to it now is because all that stuff is great music. I'm not stuck in the past, I listen to all different kinds of music. But now I listen to that stuff and think what great music it is. And I think about stuff like how cool it would have been to be the glockenspeil player doubling the flutes on Baby Elephant Walk.


At 2:23 PM , Blogger SistaSmiff said...

Yes, yes and yes about Roger Miller.

Did your parents have that Herb Alpert album with the girl on the front wearing nothing but whipped cream...or was it shaving cream? Mine didn't have it but my best friend's mother did and we giggled muchly at it. There's an album cover begging to be on the wall at the MS.

At 5:26 PM , Blogger Nashville Knucklehead said...

It's on the wall in the men's room.

At 8:15 AM , Blogger Busy Mom said...

...rooms to let, 50 cents. No phone, no pool no pets...

At 8:38 AM , Blogger Ryan said...

I'm all about some Roger Miller. I am in Augusta for the week;just last night my brother-in-law and I listened to "King of the Road."

Happy Father's Day,

At 2:07 PM , Blogger bridgett said...

For me, it's not so much Glenn Campbell as it is Glenn Campbell singing Jimmy Webb songs. Compare the bliss of "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston" with the bombast of "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Roger on Roger, though. Genius.

At 2:22 PM , Blogger newscoma said...

Roger Miller's King of the Road is one of the first songs my mother ever taught me. She was a piano teacher and this, and Bad Moon Rising, were my big numbers.
I was about seven.
Love those songs even now.

At 2:32 PM , Blogger Lee said...

...I ain't got no cigarettes.

At 8:34 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth said...

my parents record collection is mine in the will.

There is mucho Herb Alpert in well as early Elvis 45's.


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