These are songs I was listening to around the time J. and I split. These were not current songs even then — I got on a kick and started playing 70s and 80s rock and roll. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did finding them.
I didn’t listen to David Bowie when he came out with the album, Ziggy Stardust. In fact, I first heard this song at a 4th of July Carnival in 1999, and fell in love with it. Here’s Starman:
This next song was recorded way back in 1985, on a tour and a live album called Pack Up the Plantation. (Tom’s story before the song is important, but the song can stand without it, if you want to skip ahead.) It accompanied me to NC — I love the way the band builds into the last chorus. This is The Waiting:
This is Elton John from the first of his albums I ever heard, Honky Chateau. I loved his costumes, I loved his style, and I love this song, still. I found it quite cheerful when I was getting ready to leave J., and it drove him crazy too, so it was a perfect song for the time! Here’s a live 1972 version of Get Back, Honky Cat:
Sister S. introduced me to Robert Palmer’s album Riptide in 1985. I remember her telling me that her son had said something about all the dance tracks on the living room floor. We loved Robert Palmer then, and I still do. I resurrected the cassette tape when I was cleaning out my stuff. This is Addicted to Love:
Finally, Behind Blue Eyes, from Who’s Next. I bet I heard this from Sister S.’ collection, back in 1972 in Tampa. I have loved this song from the first time I heard it, and I was lucky enough to sing this one with my first-ever band. We were nameless, and we played in a bar in the basement of a shoe store in Freeport, Maine. Those were the days! From The Who, Behind Blue Eyes: