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June 13th, 2010

"When Mozart was your age..."

Next month (en route to Australia) I'll be spending a few days in New York with my friend Dan, about the time of his son Ben's 25th birthday. Ben is my godson, now working as a high school teacher in New Orleans, but he'll actually be around in NY during that time as well.

I have made a habit over the years for birthdays or Christmas of putting together a CD of music from my collection that I think Ben might like. Sometimes I guess right (I turned him onto classical music when he was in high school) sometimes not (after sending him a CD of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band that I had managed to find and bring back from Japan, he decided I was Just Weird).

This year I am planning a CD of "classic rock" (hey, it's my collection) with a twist: one famous song from each famous rocker, each recorded or released when they were 25 years old.

Here's the list so far:
  • Eric Clapton (b 1945): Let it Rain (Clapton, released 1970)
  • George Harrison (b. 1943): While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles, 1968)
  • John Lennon (b. 1940): Norwegian Wood (Rubber Soul, 1965)
  • Paul McCartney (b. 1942): Penny Lane (single released 1967)
  • Joe Cocker (b. 1944): With a Little Help from My Friends (recorded at Woodstock, 1969)
  • Jimi Hendrix (b. 1942): Purple Haze (Are You Experienced?, 1967)
  • Marty Balin (b. 1942): 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds (Surrealistic Pillow, 1967) -- Jefferson Airplane (Balin wrote this and sang this song with Grace Slick ...Grace Slick, born in 1939, is only three years younger than John McCain! Balin had little to do with the other more famous songs from that album, Somebody to Love and White Rabbit)
  • Mick Jagger (b. 1943): Jumping Jack Flash (single, 1968)
  • Jack Bruce (b. 1943): Deserted Cities of the Heart (Whees of Fire, 1968) -- Cream
  • Ian Anderson (b. 1947): Living in the Past (Living in the Past, 1972) -- Jethro Tull
  • Ray Davies (b 1944): Victoria (Arthur, 1969) -- the Kinks
  • David Byrne (b 1952): Psycho Killer (Talking Heads 77, 1977)
  • Pete Townshend (b 1945): My Generation/Magic Bus (Live at Leeds, 1970) -- the Who
Am I missing any good ones?
(Mozart produced the opera Idomeneo when he was 25. When he was my age, he was dead.)

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