“It feels good to get lost in the past” – Jim Beckmann, NPR Music
A Letter Home
I have been waiting for the Neil Young low-fidelity recording, A Letter Home to become available. I anticipated it would be released on Record Store Day 2014. A Letter Home proved to be a low-key, release with silent fanfare. I did not learn about that the recording was made available at a discreet number of Record Store Day locations until today.
Thankfully I was able to order a vinyl copy on the Third Man Records Store today. I understand that Third Man Records is backlogged on orders but I am a patient soul when it comes to music :)
Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s A Letter Home. “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…” —Homer Grosvenor
A musician/composer friend of mine Charles Xavier posted this image and saying today on Facebook.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. - Confucius
When you look at this image what do you see? A moonlit reflection in the water of trees, birds, marsh and a skyline? Or do you possibly see a guitar on its side?
Feel free to comment :)
Record Store Day 2014 turned out to be a rewarding experience this year. I wasn’t sure where I was going to take part until Friday night. I was torn between Johnny’s in Darien, Ct. and Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, NY. I had never been to Johnny’s for Record Store Day. I didn’t know how much product he would have available. I did know that Rough Trade Records advertised what they were selling yesterday online. I just didn’t relish a 90 minute ride (or more with NY area traffic).
I decided to head to Johnny’s as it was closer (35 minutes away). It had been 25 years at least since I had last shopped in his store. I got to Darien at 8:00 a.m. I was the 18th person on line.
My son participated in Record Store Day 2014 in Paris, France. We texted each other while I stood on the sidewalk waiting ;)
By the time we paraded into the store at 9:00 a.m. there were 40 people lined up. The excitement was just beginning.
The line in the store snaked down and around to where the Record Store Day records were stacked. Johnny asked me what I was looking for and I told him, “Gil Scott-Heron, Nothing New”. He did not know of this title nor had he ordered it. I said, “It was a last-minute item from his record label.” I knew it was going to be rare as only 1,000 were distributed. I then told Johnny I will find something I am sure.
You had to exercise patience in the tight quarters as you waited your turn to pick through the bins on both sides of the store. I didn’t really get to scour every bin but I found several Record Store Day collectibles to buy. It turned out Johnny had a lot of Record Store Day product for sale.
I ended up buying:
1) Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band, Say Goodbye To Hollywood/Baby Please Don’t GO, Format: 7″ Vinyl
|2) The Velvet Underground, Loaded, Reissue on pink, black and white splatter 12″ Vinyl|
3) Jaco Pastorius, Modern American Music…Period! (The Criteria Tapes), 12″ Vinyl
4) Charles Lloyd, Live at Slugs, 12″ Vinyl
Music Box – Newport, RI
Rosemary and I spent Easter weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. We arrived there on Record Store Day evening. I went looking for Music Box on Thames Street. They were open until 10 pm so I went inside. The fury of Record Store Day morning had subsided by 5 p.m. The bins were well-organized and alphabetical no less.
I got two more Record Store Day items:
7) David Bowie, 1984 picture disc, 7″ Vinyl
So did you take part in Record Store Day 2014? Here I am with my loot sitting outside of Johnny’s Records in Darien, Ct this morning. I am on the run today so stop back to MusicOfOurHeart so I can tell you in another post about what’s in the bag and the experience.
Support your local record store on Record Store Day :)
I’m not sure why this song has such an incredible hook. I never tire of hearing it.
From the Brothers In Arms recording by Dire Straits, here is that compelling song, “Money For Nothing”