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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Sometimes, there's a part of me, has to turn from here and go

There are stars in the Southern sky,
And if ever you decide you should go,
There is a taste of time-sweetened honey,
Down the Seven Bridges Road,

KFOG, a local radio station out of San Francisco, has a program that they run every morning and evening at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM called Ten at Ten. In this program, they play ten hit tunes from a single year within the past thirty years or so. The listeners call in and vote for what they refer to as "Best of Set." Today, the year was 1982, the year I graduated from high school. The best of set was The Eagles: "Seven Bridges Road."

I free-associate music, mostly lyrics, but often the tune and the lyrics. I always have. I have an ear that's tied into my imagination and my brain tends to pick up and keep auditory cues easily. I associate Eagles tunes with my ex. She's been a fan of them for as long as I've known her and that was one of the first bits of trivia I learned about her. I frequently associate tunes or artists with a person. Some examples:

  • Crystal, my ex: The Eagles, specifically, Seven Bridges Road

  • morganaus: The Moody Blues

  • eithnepdb: Bruce Springsteen

  • ingenuemuse: The Beatles, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, The Talking Heads... (too many to name -- too much resonnance from similar tastes)

  • emmabovary: Van Morrison (She knows him, and we both like "Moondance" as a favorite song)

  • fearsclave: The Indigo Girls (ever since prolixfootle's The Renaissance Agency episode which introduced us to ▲swordsman)

  • eideteker and shadorunr: Rush (They're both big Rush fans, as am I)

  • vavaverity: U2, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Savage Garden (breathe in and get a bit higher)

  • thejessicka: The Allman Brothers Band (I blame their tune "Jessica" for it)

  • pr1ss: Steve Miller Band (We once had an interesting discussion of "Livin' In The USA")

Heh. This LJ turned three years old last week.

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Robert! I'm sending you a book! I just finished reading it! When you get it, read it! You will know why I sent it to you!

With that kind of enthusiasm...

How could I refuse? I must admit, I'm intrigued already! You're going to make me wait and find out what it is and not tell me, aren't you.

Re: With that kind of enthusiasm...

Do you really want to know?

It's Tobias Wolff's "Old School". There's a treatment of Ayn Rand in there (she appears in the story) which I knew I had to have you read.

Re: With that kind of enthusiasm...

Heh heh. I didn't mean to twist your arm and wheedle the surprise out of you, but thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to checking it out!

Re: With that kind of enthusiasm...

It's a short read, but Wolff does an interesting mix of real-life literary figures showing up in the narrative. You get to meet Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Hemingway.

But he slays Rand...just presents her as the butch bitch who despises everything.

Re: With that kind of enthusiasm...

I should send you a copy of her writing journals and you'd see how wrong that assessment really is. ; )

Thanks, Nancy. Heh. I think this is the most entries regarding journaling and introspection etc that I have ever committed to the same place.

*rasies a toast to many more*

I love my song associations! That's my favorite Savage Garden tune. :D

Yes, you told me that when you sent it to me. ; )

Thinking is the best way to travel.

I'm quite pleased to be associated with The Moody Blues.

Re: Thinking is the best way to travel.

Heh heh, you ought to be, you wrote about them on your page!

Feel free to associate me with Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. :-)

That seems apropriate somehow.

Well, I probably will now.

i'm not sure if i've ever heard anything by the allman brothers. must go on a hunt now. . .

You probably just don't realize that you've heard them before. I'll have to send you an MP3 of "Jessica." It's a very cool tune.

Oh yes, very catchy

You quoted the song, I allowed as how I'd never listened to or understood the lyrics. Then I downloaded it to my C disk, which is no more, and it's not in the Zbig playlist.
So I'm still blanking on words beyond the title.

Re: Oh yes, very catchy

There aren't a lot of profound words besides the title. I'll have to send you an MP3.

I also tend to associate songs with people, or places, or events.

I think I have a song programmed in my mental CD player for every girl I was ever involved with, or even had a crush on. Once I had a brief encounter with a memorable young lady and no song was immediately forthcoming, so I forced a connection by repeatedly playing an otherwise-unassociated but rocking song over and over and over while the memory was fresh. (It worked, the song still reminds me of her decades later.)

The song "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO has always reminded me of the putt putt golf course in Abilene -- it just happened to be blaring over their speakers on one memorable visit with good friends, all those years ago when the song was on the charts. I drove by the putt putt course a few days ago and the song just popped right into my head.

So, do you tend to remember where you were / what you were doing when you first heard certain songs?


Remembering where I was or what I was doing

No, I usually don't remember where I first heard a song. I DO remember, usually, why I make particular associations though.

The Eagles: "Seven Bridges Road."

i'm beginning to really hate this song, nothing against the EAGLES, mind you...it's the association i have w/it...

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