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November 18, 2013 / thackersam

November 17 – Sunday – Robert Gordon – Too Fast to Live. Too Young to Die.

So, we almost had a mini fiasco. After Thursday night’s workout, I put the next album, Grand Funk Railroad on the turntable and even jotted down notes about it. The next morning I woke up with a nagging feeling. Something was amiss. Don’t I have a Robert Gordon album? And Go comes before Gr so wouldn’t it be next? I searched the albums and found it stuck somewhere, not even in the Rs. Disaster diverted. Whew.

Robert Gordon is, or was, a rockabilly singer. This album contains a mix of old and new songs, for the time, which was about 30 years ago. I used to wail out his version of Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe” in the shower until the ex and my best friend made fun of me. There’s also a live version of “Black Slacks,” Springsteen’s “Fire,” and three Marshal Crenshaw songs that probably gave Crenshaw’s career a big boost.

Way back, on the spur of the moment one night, the best friend and I went to see Clarence Clemons and his band The Red Bank Rockers at Roseland Ballroom. You know everyone there was hoping for an appearance by Bruce, who did not appear, but a good time was had by all, and the opening act, Marshall Crenshaw, was great. I thought I might even have a Crenshaw album and was surprised when we got through the Cs and there was none. Alas. Favorite Crenshaw song – “Cynical Girl,” of course.

I have to confess that I listened to the Robert Gordon album Friday evening while having pizza with a friend. But no exercise. And the next evening, I met with a writer friend for Saturday happy hour at Haru to discuss promoting her book Magdala. No workout that night either. Had a lovely time both evenings. I love sake.




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