Your Go-To Song -The Panoply of Music

11 May

It’s odd how much the consumption of music has changed since I started this blog back in 2009. As a garden variety audiophile, my goal back in the day was to amass the grandest collection of music possible – a collection that would rival the music gods. One August, I used tip money from my job as a camp counselor to buy a vast assortment of CDs from obscure 60s bands, and, when they arrived, I spent days burning these CDs onto my computer, so I could rip the Mp3s and add them to my growing collection. To think the youth of 2020 will not have that joy!

Little did I know, Apple was the god I was trying to emulate, and my quest would be stomped on by this omnipotent Zeus-like musical giant! Now, I diligently pay my monthly subscription to Apple Music, and have access to the Great Library of Alexandria of tunes. But, as they say, I still have the memories (and the Mp3 files stashed away on some external hard-drive). As I was driving around the other day – a necessary escape from the house during this quarantine – I got to thinking about how even now with this vast assortment of music, I have cherry-picked my slowly growing “go-to” songs that encompass my aptly titled “Favorites” list. This curated playlist is an eclectic mix, each song representative of the point in my life when I first heard the song/band. It’s a personal musical journey. And, within this list of personal favorites are several songs that I would label my “go-to” jams – songs that I’ll listen to no matter the mood I am in or company I am among.

I’ll share one of these gems with you.

Find me a better first line of a song than “Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?” The song is just a straight mover – it’s as anthemic as you will find with The Dead, and it’s tough not to sing along with its culturally interesting lyric. It’s a masterclass in Dead lore and a tune that just latches onto you and creates a vision of the U.S. that you can’t shake!

What are your go-to songs?

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