“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.
Greg VessarI love music, I love to travel, and I love to write. My blog "A Thousand Miles from Kansas" combines all three. I am a Kansas boy and an educator on sabbatical. I have lived in many places around the globe and I currently live in northern Japan. Journey with me as I combine my loves of music, travel, and the written word as I navigate through life.
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?”
As I drove down a familiar Korean highway the other day, I remember thinking that this one particular building to my left oddly resembled the Jawa’s Sandcrawler.
Song Thoughts: Breakfast in America
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Filling my plate at the Ananti Hilton’s breakfast buffet in Busan, I found myself humming “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp.
Haiku # 148
The air quality here in Korea is terribly unhealthy most days. This morning I awoke to a sun that was barley visible through the toxic, polluted air.
Song Thoughts: Can’t Happen Here
Rainbow’s 1981 song “Can’t Happen Here” is still relevant today. And the question asked at the end is even more haunting.