The Gambler has left the building.
Legendary country singer, television star, and Texan Kenny Rogers folded ’em and exited the mortal coil yesterday evening.
“The Gambler” is a favorite shower singing song of mine, and in general I find comfort in it in both good and bad times. We often overcomplicate some of life’s most simple decisions, and I think “The Gambler” speaks to that. I’ve posted it and several other famous and favorite Kenny Rogers songs below.
Here are some fun Kenny facts:
Kenny owned some goats and alpacas.
Here’s a funny excerpt from Southern Living regarding how Kenny started acquiring farm animals:
We bought a llama and a goat, and something else. I had a farm in Athens, Georgia. We bought these animals, and I thought llamas would be I was, after surgery, all my Oxycontin, and things were a bit blurry with me. And I was watching a show and they said, I love alpacas, and I turned to my wife and I said, I think I do! And so we ordered three of ‘. And by the time they got there. It was really fun. I mean, I enjoyed it, but then they spit on me. I said ok, out. We had to build the shed farm and then air conditioning and put water. It was a lot of trouble.
An accomplished athlete, Kenny once faked out Michael Jordan.
Kenny was also a pro-level tennis player.
R.I.P Kenny. Thank you for bringing joy into the world.
I was a bit late on this one, but welcome to Vinyl Day 4 featuring Herman’s Hermits, The Who, and Maureen McGovern. Catch up on the other days here.
Artist: Herman’s Hermits
Genre: Beat, British Rock
Record Origins: Definitely my mom’s album (she would have been 10 when this album came out).
I remember being around 10 or so and asking my mom if she liked The Beatles when she was younger. She said she did, but Herman’s Hermits were her favorite. I was a bit nonplussed as I did not know who the hell they were.
They are damn good though. Here is “Museum”, with a Donovan (yes, THAT Donovan) writing cred from the Blaze album:
Artist: The Who
Genre: Rock, Rock Opera
Record Origins: Slam Dunk’s
Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend.
A film version of Quadrophenia was released in 1979.
Here is a song from the album that everyone should know (and if you didn’t, now you do)– “Love, Reign O’er Me”.
Artist: Maureen McGovern
Record Origins: Mummer and Popper
Not a huge fan of this album, but Maureen McGovern has a beautiful voice. The album cover also features the most tasteful sideboob/underboob/deep cleavage I have ever seen in my life.
Anywho, this album features the song “Can You Read My Mind”, the theme from the 1978 version of Superman. Enjoy:
Welcome to Vinyl Day 3. Catch up on the other days here.
Artist: Tyler, the Creator
Genre: Hip Hop
Record Origins: I bought this one.
I have followed Tyler, the Creator for some time now. I have seen him twice (2014 and 2016), and he always puts on a very energetic show. He’s also incredibly funny. Apparently he hates this album, but there are some bangers on it that he and I agree on.
Album: Spirits having Flown
Record Origins: me mum and paw
This record ended the end of the BeeGees mainstream success:
It was the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No. 1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers in a one-year period and equaling a feat shared by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles. It was the first Bee Gees album to make the UK top 40 in ten years (not counting the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever), as well as being their first and only UK No. 1 album.
Here is “Too Much Heaven” from that album:
Artist: The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: The Complete Recordings of Handel’s Messiah
Year: Sometime in the 70s or before.
Record Origins: me mum and paw
My parents have a shit ton of orchestral and classical music in their collection. So get used to seeing this. This rendition of Handel’s Messiah is from the London Philharmonic. You can listen to it here. I’m not in the mood for this level of drama.
I am easily moved by music, but I do not think I have been moved by a song in this way in some time:
Most individuals interpret this song as a song about abuse (specifically domestic abuse), but I saw one theory saying it might be about BDSM and relationships, which seems less likely but is also less sad. The BDSM theory spin reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Secretary.
I saw The Secretary when I was in high school, and I did not really understand BDSM and thought it was pretty fucked up. How times change.
Another great song by Antony and the Johnsons that might make you misty is this one (“Hope There’s Someone”):
The isolation continues!
Welcome to Day 2 of my nonsensical record collection.
Artist: Gino Vannelli
Album: Storm at Sunup
Genre: Jazz Pop
Record Origins: Goodwill in Lakeview, New Orleans
Gino, a follicularly (I definitely made the word up) blessed Italian-Canadian jazz pop singer, arrived here via Goodwill. At the time, it was just a funny album cover. Upon further inspection, this record was recorded under A&M Records, which I have massive respek for because Herb Alpert is one of the founders.
Anyway, I am indifferent about Gino, but the anonymous ladies on the cover of these 60s and 70s albums are always so beautiful.
Artist: David Bowie
Record Origins: Slam, Edgewater, Chicago
“Blackstar” was David Bowie’s 25th and final album– released two days before he died. David Bowie is a problematic favorite of mine. It’s hard to separate the work from the person, but it is a a real thing. Nevertheless, the music and images exist. The creative spirit is forever burned in our consciousness.
Artist: Dick Wellstood
Album: Plays Ragtime Music of The Sting
Genre: Jazz Piano
Record Origins: Goodwill in Lakeview, New Orleans
Hear it below: this is the music I will go insane to during my Coronacation. And it’s only the fourth day. This is the perfect music for a boring dystopia.
Dick Wellstood is a was a jazz pianist that played a lot of sweet ragtime tunes. This particular album was in 1973 caper The Sting.
This concludes Vinyl Day 2 of ?. God I hope it gets better from here.
I’m starting a new short run series leading up to Record Store Day 2020 (April 18).
In 2013, I acquired my parent’s record collection. “Stole” might be a better term, but mom, if you read this, I am happy to give them back at any time. Since acquiring and combining records, my household has quite the eclectic record collection. I haven’t even listened to many of them. I am going to be sharing photos of all of the records and a small amount of research on them for the next few weeks.
This cat judged me throughout this entire process, and honestly, I don’t need that in my life.
Artist: Jimmy Buffet
Genre: Rock, I guess?
Record Origins: My parents. Smh.
I’m gonna be real with you: I really don’t like Jimmy Buffet. I’m putting this one first because I never want to talk about this album again. It’s nothing against any of you who like him. It’s me. This is the only song I can take, and I am currently evaluating that statement now that I have typed it.
Artist: Huey Lewis and the News
Record Origins: Sam found this at Goodwill on the Westbank (greater New Orleans area) or the “Wank”, if you please.
This is a solid album. If there ever was a white people culture, certainly this would be in it. I’ve definitely heard it in Applebee’s or TGI Friday’s. My dad used to jam this on the way to our piano practice when we were growing up. It was already legendary status in my mind, but American Pyscho ensured this album would be permanently seared into our consciousness.
Artist: Donna Summer
Album: Live and More
Genre: Disco, Soul, Adult Contemporary
Record Origins: My parents
This is a smoking album. Do you want to feel sexy? This album will make you feel sexy as it has tracks like “I Feel Love” and “Love to Love You, Baby”. 🤤
Thanks for reading Day 1 of ?.