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May 12, 2024

on this day May 12, 1967 A Whiter Shade of Pale.



In the army at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama in 1967, I met a guy during the few months I was there for advance training on the Nike-Hercules missile launcher. He was training on the Hawk missile and we met on the wooded trails near the base. He had weed and I did not. He was stationed there before me, and had made local contacts. John was a funny guy and we had good times hiking the trails, playing in the woods, rock climbing, caving the local holes, smoking weed after classes, and going to the cafe to drink coffee and play the jute box. I always played A Whiter Shade Of Pale when we went in. It was the army and we only knew each other for a few months. After he was transferred, I did not hear from him. It was the army and that is the way it is. Later in February 1968, I was at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas and I was reading the army paper and John’s name jumps off the page that list the guys killed in Viet Nam that week. I had a portable record player and played this song that day. It took a long time to hear this song without thinking about John. And not today.
September 14, 2023

Re: ships that have already left the dock:

The station said Auderer reported himself to the accountability office after realizing his comments had been recorded, because he realized their publicity could harm community trust in the Seattle Police Department.


September 12, 2023

Dylan 9-11-2001 released "Love and Theft" album.

"Sky full of fire, pain pouring down."

"Coffins dropping in the street
Like ballons made of lead."

August 30, 2023

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan released August 30, 1965

The greatest RnR album that will ever be produced. As Bruce Springsteen said of the song Like A Rolling Stone, the drum hit that starts the song is the sound of the door of your mind being kicked open.

And LARS is the greatest song that will ever be written. Released as a single Jult 20, 1965.


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