On the way back, I listened to the Ten Years After portion of the Woodstock concert. I had forgotten how Alvin Lee and Company loved blues, and just amplified the heck out of them. I miss bands like Ten Years After and Mountain that just turned up the volume. I tend not to think of myself as a blues fan, or rather not as a fan of "electric blues", a holdover from my college days, when every bar band could play every common blues song about the virtues of comfort over speed, as well as "Tequila Sunrise". Yet Foghat is definitely among my guilty pleasures. Mountain, Ten Years After, ZZ Top. I was thinking tonight of the glory of "La Grange". Do I contradict myself? Phone the Walt Whitman foundation.
I stopped at the Love's Truck Stop for gas, where they always have music on sale inexpensively. I got a Marvin Gaye CD, and enjoyed "Mercy, mercy Me", and listened to Marshall Tucker Band play "Heard it in a Love Song". Marshall Tucker Band gets the prize for "second best use of a flute in a rock song", being edged out by
"Living in the Past". The William Hung Flute Award, by the way, goes to "Billy, Don't be a Hero".
It was a good weekend, but somehow I almost need another weekend to rest.