Behind Closed Doors was an award winning, popular album for Charlie Rich. It earned the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Album of the Year. The single “Behind Closed Doors”, written by Kenny O’Dell, was the CMA’s Single of the Year. Rich was crowned Male Vocalist of the Year by the CMA for his performance on the album and went on to earn a couple of Grammy Awards. Not a bad album to begin a collection!
Journey: Evolution (in its entirety)
Although it did not garner a lot of critical praise and was panned by many, my favorite Journey album is Evolution and when listened to in its entirety, it is a rollercoaster of emotion. Released in the spring of 1979, it harbors eleven tracks of stunning musicianship with a rock-n-bluesy feel.
Song Thoughts: La vie en rose
Parlez-vous Français? No, but listening to Edith Piaf, speaking French is not a necessity.
It has been awhile since I wrote a haiku. Truth is found in the syllables.
Song Thoughts: Somewhere My Love
“Somewhere My Love” was my grandmother’s favorite song. It has been a long time since I listened to its sweeping melody. It popped up on an Apple Shuffle the other day and got me to thinking.
Song Thoughts: Concerto for a Rainy Day
Out of the Blue. Who were these guys? Double albums were only for legendary live performances! Or Pink Floyd trying to break down a wall! The album cover was a bold colored spaceship which resembled the electronic game Simon Says.
Van Halen: In Its Entirety
February 10, 2023 marked the 45th Anniversary of Van Halen’s debut album, Van Halen!
Album in Its Entirety
I loved picking up an album and pouring over every detail. The vinyl record, cover, back cover, gatefold, liner notes, inserts with more information or photos, folded posters, lyrics to the songs, booklets, and the eight to ten songs placed in a specific order on that black spherical vinyl spinning on my turntable. Albums told a story. And to fully understand the story, you had to start at track one and listen until the very last track. Side one and then side two…the album in its entirety.
These past few Korean winter mornings have transported me all the way back to Kansas!
Song Thoughts: Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
So I keep driving and Elton keeps singing. “Can’t you come out to play in your empty garden?”