Pink Floyd

Author: siggy

I saw Pink Floyd a year or two (before they released “Dark Side Of The Moon”) at the Philmore East in NYC on a Sunday afternoon and the theater was barely a third full. It might have been with the original guitarist Syd Barrett. I remember hearing stories that I never verified that they had a full time psychiatrist accompany them on their tours. They truly was a progressive sounding group at that point with long jams characterizing their music.

In fact, the best song they ever wrote was “Wish You Here” on the same titled album (released right after The Dark Side of The Moon) was about the disintegration of Syd Barret, who they loved and had to fire from the band. He went off the deep end. He died not that long ago.

The snow did not hurt the crocuses. A number of them were about to bloom before we received the late snowfall. A miniature daffodil was blooming before we got the snowfall. The snow just insulated them. The daffodils are blooming,gain, once the snow melted and today we have four bunches of crocuses blooming. The snow did not hurt them at all.

In 1970 I saw Led Zeppelin there. They were great but the sound was somewhat “remote” (I did not have a great seat). In 1975 I saw “The Stones” there. They sounded good in the same arena. Then I realized they had the best sound equipment and the best sound people running them. So it is not always the size of the arena that determines how good the sound is going to be. It is more than that.

I never forgot seeing Neil Young with Crazy Horse at the Philmore East In the East Village.(maybe 1969) They had just come out with their first album. When he did his Buffalo Springfield song” I Am A Child” all alone on stage I felt he was pouring out his very soul. For two encores they did “Cinnamon Girl’ a second and third time during the concert. I have loved Neil Young since then. We got old together. Later on when he released “Old Man” (on his “Harvest” album) I thought he was talking about me for I was twenty-four then and my relationship with my Dad was very ragged then. The line in the song was ‘twenty-four and so much more’ and went on from there.

I wanted to see Linda Ronstadt badly. I talked my girl friend into coming with me all the way to Long Island Forum to see Linda Ronstadt in concert. I did not have yet have a driving license much less a car. She did but refused to drive there.

We took three trains to get there: The Lackawanna, Path And Long Island Railroad. What I did not tell her and conveniently omitted was we would miss our last connection back. This was probably in the early eighties.

We made it to the concert finally. Andrew Gold opened for her. He was Linda Ronstadt musical director. The guitar solos in “When Will I be Loved” and “You Are No Good” are his and he duplicated them perfectly during her concert. He was part of her band.

Linda Ronstadt was great. Now we had to take the trains back. We made it as far as Lackawanna Station in Hoboken.  We were stuck there until the morning train left.

All I remember about that night.  It was bitterly cold and the warmest place was the women’s bathroom and I kept getting kicked out of there.  Finally we made it back home and I called off and went to sleep.


First Day Of Spring

Author: siggy

It was the first day of spring. I am waiting for the snow to melt from our late snowfall. I never started my spring countdown. We had that unusually warm February and then it got cold again. I could not wait for spring to come. I am going to check on our daffodils on the side of the house. They are one sturdy plant. Somehow a miniature daffodil bloomed over a week ago. Now it is covered with snow.

My First Concert

Author: siggy

My first concert was at Carnegie Hall in 1965. I was a sophomore in high school. I saw Peter, Paul & Mary. It was “magical”. Even today when I listen to their first album (Peter, Paul & Mary)(1962) I can’t help but to sing along. To be, it is a spiritual experience listening and singing along to that album. I sent a ninety minute cassette of them I compiled from my record collection to L. when I was courting her. She finally listened to after I bugged her and fell in love with them again. I saw them later twice but nothing compared to my first concert. It was my first concert and at was at the famous concert hall Carnegie Hall.

It is only three days from spring. This week we got a late winter storm. I am curious how long it would take for all the snow to melt. There is still quite a bit still on the ground and the next week it will be warmer but not too much warmer. Will all the snow be gone in another week. We will see.