Last week, my parents celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary marking what was clearly the single most important event of 1969…other than the release of Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin II of course.
The photo I’ve posted of them here is from that era (dad is in the middle, mom is on the right,) and rest assured, I will be somewhat reprimanded for it’s usage. Will I ever be compelled to take it down? Are we talking a cold hard cash transaction? Then maybe. Otherwise, no.
I’ve always loved this picture, as evidenced by the fact there are only two framed photographs displayed in my home and this one is front and center as soon as you enter the house. Just last week a girlfriend of mine asked who the “bad ass and the hottie were,” as she closely examined the vintage Polaroid composition. She had a difficult time believing they were my parents and who can blame her…these people look way too cool to have given birth to a nebutron such as myself. Thankfully we agreed that such a divergence from one’s “smoking hot” genetic origins is an essential juxtaposition for an artist, a necessary fuel for the ever-burning creative fire.
This is the hardest post I’ve made so far, as I’m mostly speechless about the whole “we’ve be married FOREVER” thing. Perhaps it’s because I’m simply unable to fathom a four decade long incarceration scenario in which both offenders are still smitten with their respective life sentences. Truthfully however, I (and probably everyone they know) can’t imagine them without each other. They are a great team, both as life partners and as parents.
So, you may be wondering what all of this has to do with this week’s playlist. As with most family units, my parents, sister and I will bicker about stupid current event type things in a ridiculous effort to try and change someone’s fundamental belief system. Eventually, we hit a stand still and revert to the three things we are always in complete agreement on:
Grilled meat is appropriate for any occasion.
Texas should be its own country.
Music. Music. Music.
Music was a huge presence in our household, and had I not been a visual artist, the odds of me becoming a professional musician were moderatly decent. My maternal grandmother was a virtuoso pianist, my parents were in the high school choir together, and my sister and I would dork out to Telex, Big-Pig, and Front 242 while scooting around town in her red beater VW Rabbit.
To this day, I still love listening to music, especially when it comes to discovering things I’ve never heard before, which is why this week’s list was so fun to put together. Today, I present you with forty-five singles that came out in 1969, the same year my parents got married. Admittedly, we’ve all heard several of these tracks a hundred times or more, but don’t let that discourage you! There are some real gems here that certainly deserve your attention, and the best part is, unlike MOST of today’s popular music, NONE of these songs even come close to sucking. Also, I preformed somewhat of a miracle and managed to fully exclude The Beatles, who are completely overrated and overplayed...well, except George Harrison, who was magic and is hopefully frolicking with fluffy bunnies in a parallel universe somewhere.
Enjoy the rewind kids, and cheers to another 45 years of love.