Just my stuff


Reelin’ in the Years – 1974

It’s 1974 and I’m now a big 12 years old. My parents vacationed in England at the president of Ryerson university’s UK home (my dad was the Dean of Business, and generally well-liked at work).

Can’t remember exactly where they stayed. But it was by the sea, I think.

1974 Dodge via Wikipedia

I remained behind with my elder bros and sis’s keeping an eye on me. But what a time we had. Several weeks alone with no parents!

Funny thing about this period is I recall sitting in the sunroom, which overhung the garage, listening to – and being taken away by – the song, “Band on the Run.”

I’m not sure if other people have this, but I can remember precise locations, going back to childhood, where I hear specific pop songs.

It’s like my soul takes a snapshot of the entire situation and it’s burned in memory. Don’t know if it’s just a physiological thing or if something bigger, more spiritual is happening.

Maybe both. Soul takes the snapshot. Brain writes the file.

Whatever. Life is a mystery and we just try to fit the pieces together as best we can. This is my tune for 1974:

Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash
As we fell into the sun

I have no idea what that means. It seems a bit sci-fi to me. The lyrics in many McCartney songs paint an entire dramatic picture, rather than just celebrating or lamenting oneself or one’s love.

Mind you, McCartney did that too. But he did it well (“Silly Love Songs”). “Silly Love Songs” was actually a reply to a post-Beatles breakup jab by John Lennon.

John Lennon. He had said dismissively in interviews that all McCartney did was write silly love songs. I could go through McCartney’s entire catalog to disprove this, but won’t, as the charge is simply Lennon being an asshole. It is so utterly untrue that the fact that it stuck baffles me (Barefoot Justine).

“Arrive Stoned”, Ozark Music Festival, 1974 via Wikipedia

Reelin’ in ALL the Years

 Aaron Lennon signs for Burnley…and looks far happier than at his Everton unveiling (telegraph.co.uk)

 Paul McCartney Greensboro Tickets Released With Seats Available Even After Coliseum Sells Out At PaulMcCartneyTourDates.com With Extra Discounts Using Code SAVE10 (prweb.com)

 Prince Honored By Justin Timberlake In NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show [Social Media Reactions] (business2community.com)


Leave a comment

back in the groove

Earthpages has taken a back seat the past few days as I really wanted to get this out asap.

My little blurb at SoundCloud says it all:

You guessed it. I was thinking of Paul McCartney and other 70s feelgood love songs a bit when mixing this. But the tune was written in the late 80s / early 90s. Originally called “Karma Destiny,” it has a melody but I didn’t like my vocals so went with sax improv instead.

Today I question the whole idea of karma. So that title isn’t really me any more. But the music still is!

© 2017 Michael W. Clark

 Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Recorded Music Together For First Time In Seven Years(stereogum.com)

 Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reunite for New Music(aceshowbiz.com)

 Classic Rock Almanac February 9, 2017(wncx.cbslocal.com)

 Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV to reclaim rights to Beatles music(japantimes.co.jp)

 This Week In History: The Beatles, Compact Discs, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson(wcbsfm.cbslocal.com)

 DC, Hollywood Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day On Social Media(losangeles.cbslocal.com)

Paul McCartney Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Leave a comment

Nice Paul McCartney video with lots of footage of Linda. I think she contributed so much to Wings’ sound, far more than most people realize.