Here Comes the Sun

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Possibly the most iconic album cover ever made

I got a beautiful new copy of Abbey Road on 180g vinyl last Christmas. It’s one of only three records in my collection that did not have an owner before me. This record came to me with no stories tucked away between the grooves, so it’s high time I made my own.

I never understood the importance of a record having two sides until I played this one. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” spirals downward into a pit of seemingly inescapable despair, collapsing in on its own gravity, until by some divine act, the pain stops. Now, the listener must stand up, walk back to the record player, and have the courage to drop the needle again. The first few notes of “Here Comes the Sun” are possibly the greatest sigh of relief in the history of recorded music.

It was this same sigh that I breathed in this morning when I walked outside, saw the blue sky, felt the sun’s warmth through my sweatshirt, and knew that winter was over. For those of you who live in New England, we really have had a “long, cold, lonely winter”.

The Spring air is an invitation and a call to action at the same time. It says “There’s work to be done”. Spring is the time for seeding and fertilizing. It’s the time to get the bike out of the basement and start riding again. It’s the time to repair the damage that winter has left in its wake. Spring is a time for rebirth, and it’s worth the effort.

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Songs in the Key of Life

Photo 5This is the story of how I almost didn’t buy the best record in my collection. Way back in High School, when I started collecting music and getting into Stevie Wonder, I heard “Songs in the Key of Life” and fell in love with it. But, then as now, I was really cheap, and I never saw a copy of the CD in a record store for less than $20. Recently, after I got the record player I have now, I went down to a place called “Store 54” in Allston to see what they had. I saw a beautiful vinyl copy of SITKOL in the stacks, the only problem was that the price tag read $19.99. It seems that the universe set the price of SITKOL at $20 regardless of the location or format of the copy.

I still really wanted it, so I decided to get a closer look at it to determine if I was willing to pay $20 for a record. As I opened up the cover, the “A Something’s Extra” EP (It was the collector’s edition) came tumbling out on to the floor due to its precarious placement. The guy who owns the store saw the event transpire, and even though he didn’t say anything, I felt honor-bound to purchase it. When I got it home and played it, I suddenly felt like an idiot for the years I’ve spent thinking SITKOL wasn’t worth $20. It’s one of the best albums ever made; if you haven’t listened to it, go do it soon.

 

 

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