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March 31, 2014 / thackersam

March 30 – Sunday – Rod Stewart / Faces Live – Coast to Coast – Overture and Beginners

Stewart - CoastAnd now we step back in time from Bruce and return to Rod Stewart. Why is this album in the S’s under Stewart and not with the Faces, which we covered many months ago? I don’t know. I can’t remember why I made that decision, however it is so much more Rod than the Faces, and this live album was made after original Small Faces member Ronnie Lane had left the band, but before Ron Wood left to become a Rolling Stone. After the Bruce marathon, which was only eight albums but 13 records long, not counting “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” I don’t really relish going into another collection, so I’m glad I separated my Rod Stewart into the three that we played early on in the F’s and the six that I designated as the Rod Stewart records. Could be worse, could be all nine at once.

Now we’re back in alphabetical order, and I’m glad to get this one out of the way. I guess after Bruce’s live album, any one of the records in that set, everything else does pale in comparison. The one good thing about this live album is it contains “Cut Across Shorty,” which is where I got the name of one of my title characters of that play I’ve been working on and near completing for oh such a very long time. Miss Lucy. You see, handsome city-boy Dan and country boy Shorty are racing for the hand of Miss Lucy, and Miss Lucy says “cut across Shorty.” Some thought I named the character for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” not to be confused with “Judy in Disguise with Glasses,” which I did not, nor did I name her for Lucille Ball either, who, as a child I thought was named Lucy O’Ball. No, it was for Miss Lucy who would have no other man than her Shorty. Her strong will and determination inspired my character for those characteristics. But there is no Shorty in my play.

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