Due to our unfortunate car troubles yesterday, we had to bail out of a weekend getaway with some friends. The upside is that we had a free day today! We headed up to Germantown to the Splash Park and Mini golf course at the sportplex. Sofia had tons of fun but Dominick didn’t want anything to do with the splash park.
Check out these new skull and crossbone pjs, cool.
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I had a quiet, introspective night sitting on the couch with Dominick and Hornsby while Feli was catching a few zzzzzs listening to some great live recordings from Wolfgang’s Vault. I stumbled upon Wolfgang’s Vault through their iPhone application and I an now addicted. just this evening I was able to take in some james Taylor from 71, 74 and 77, Springsteen from 78 at Winterland and Pink Floyd from 77. Good times. I love music, live and studio. I always wished that I could play an instrument, but I started too late in life and never had the discipline to actually pick up the guitar.I started thinking about what music I could pass along to Dominick and Sofia as they grow older. I have had some great discussions with Don (Felicia’s dad) about the bands that he witnessed live in the 60 and Tom Berg and I have played the “what albums would you bring with you on a desert island” game a few times. This was a little different, what playlist would I make for the kids that would be fun and impart some musical history to their lives. I have left out any bootleg or live performances realizing that they already get a healthy dose of the Dead. With that in mind, here is my playlist, in no particular order.
Billy Joel – The Stranger: Noone that knows me well will find this any bit surprising. I am a huge fan of rock piano and Billy joel is one of my favorites. This was my first Billy Joel album, given to me by my Aunt Flo and I still enjoy it, front to back today. I have been revisiting it quite a bit lately with the recent issuance of the 30th anniversary edition. It showcases Billy in his prime, before he became too famous.
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here: Many folks hold Wish you Were Here in much higher regard, but this is the the quintessential Pink floyd album in my eyes. If I ever need to zone out, I go right to this album. The fusion of rock, jazz and blues styles is as much a through-back to the 70s as it feels contemporary today.
Counting Crows – August and Everything After: I could listen to this album straight through over and over and never get board. The debut showcases the incredible songwriting of Adam Duritz on every single song and includes one of my favorites – Anna Begins. While I have every one of their albums, none of them have lived up to the debut in my eyes.
Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit: This is a recent album that has had some success on the college circuit. It is a solo effort from the leader of a SoCal band called something Corporate, a rock piano band that picked up where Ben Folds Five left off. It is an anthem of teen angst surrounded by catchy piano riffs.
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James: Fire and Rain, enough said.
Elton john – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Another testament to my love for rock piano, this it the ultimate rock piano album from the Knight (or Queen) himself!
The Allman Brothers Band – Eat a Peach: The last album recording before Duane’s death but finished up posthumously. It captures some of the final live at the Filmore East sessions (I Know I said no live recordings) and some amazing examples of southern guitar rock.
AC/DC – Back in Black: This is my ultimate heavy metal album. Maybe I can get Dom a little black school boy outfit and teach him to rock out!
Josh Kelley – Almost Honest: I can’t explain where this one is coming from, but everyone should give it a listen. Josh Kelley is an amazing singer, songwriter from Atlanta and this is one of my favorites albums from him. Try 20 miles to Georgia.
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run: Bruce is the best example of raw rock and roll that came through the 70s. Born to Run is a classic.
Let me know if I am missing anything!
Dominick and Feli came home yesterday. Sofia and Missy were especially excited.
Here’s a Photoshow of Sofia’s first visit to the hospital to see mom and Dom.