Ok now. Last week I posted a OSW piece on how things though common at the time become more or less obsolete. Also how some of the surounding things change hands so to speak with upto date things in design but pretty much serve the same function. I think we even touched on how when transisters came along. We became some what more mobile with our now portable radios. Ok then. I know that many of us like to toss up a special song or two relating to our past in a way of some sort. I've done it a buncha times meself even. So I appreciate the shared thoughts that go along with that well enough indeed. With that in mind. I'd like to set the stage if I may to a day of one of me most impressive experiences way back when of me long ago fledgling teen Black Bird years.
The second rock concert of me coming of age you might say. What with the sexual revolution, civil rights movement and that Fucking War. This band cut its teeth in those AM radio days back then that we touched on last week. There was just two Rock & Roll stations then and they were carbon coppies of each other. WABC-77 and WMCA-55 on your AM dial. So this got plenty of play time and became an early Icon of the times. We all pretty muck know of there hits of the mid sixties. So established and a hand full of years and a few albums later became one of me first idolized rock groups. After the Beatles & Rolling Stones and all that which came before.
So off I go to the city with a flock of me Bird pals to one of the most pound for pound exciting live rock concerts to date. (And I've seen a few) The thing was. There wasn't a whole lot of stage effects with these rockers. Although they did hail from the start of the psychedelic era. Just a few flashes of colored stage lights is all. Because they didn't need it. These men came to play and say what they meant for us to hear, feel and know what they wanted to do. And with this Bird accomblished that very well. These guys just didn't quit. With a slew of love and torch songs and a barrage of social and politcal commentary. They just flat out played their guts out. They took us up and held us there throughout the show. Yes they played extra long that night because we all saw and could tell they were having just as much a blast as we were. Yes they flat out wore us out and closed out with two of there biggest signature hit singles of the mid sixties. Two numbers that pretty said it all for us Birds of the day and times that were unfolding before our very lives.
So without further ado. Let me present to you. The boys who very well may have coinded the term Heavy Metal. This Black Birds Icons of me old school days who left us gloriously exhausted. Here they are. Long gone now, but very much alive on this Old School Wednesday. I give you...
As they say in this 1st number...
"I like to dream."
So I recomend headphones and let us fly
between this sound machine
Luv ya, Black Bird
"Heavy Metal Thunder"