Well, damn. It’s been some time since I tended to the old personal blog with some good ol’ fresh “content.” I blame a few things: being busy with my full-time job, being busy with my seasonal winter ski reporting work, lack of energy to write, and lack of inspiration to write. Actually, I find I have the inspiration when I have no energy, and when I have the energy, the words don’t flow and I abandon ship and write a couple of snarky tweets and go to bed.
So, to get you, my fan(s) caught up, here’s what I’ve been up to since the last writing in the fall:
-Logged 13 ski days in a mostly garbage ski season
-Threw out an embarrassing first pitch at a minor league ballgame
-Created a really dumb internet meme that went viral
-Went to see the Zombies play “Odessey and Oracle” in Boston
-Ditched my drip coffee maker and got a French Press
-Hmm… yep, that’s about it.
Now that we’re all on the same page once again (and now that I’ve spruced up your reading experience with a new freebie WordPress layout), it’s time to up my game with my Daily* Deep Track. You all know music is my biggest turn-on, and let’s face it, “SIGIHT (Song I’m Glad I Heard Today)” was unwieldy, unmemorable, and unpronounceable as an acronym. Plus, wouldn’t you rather “DDT” stood for something else other than a destructive pesticide? I know a few bald eagles that might, according to Wikipedia.
Today’s Daily* Deep Track comes from an album I finally picked up last week: “The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark.” I’ve been on the Byrds trip since early college, the “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” trip since my mid-twenties, and the Gene Clark trip since my mid-thirties. My Gene Clark solo fandom started with his most lauded album, 1974’s “No Other.” It’s an otherworldly album that still moves me every time I hear it, and is probably still my favorite Gene Clark album. Thinking nothing of his could equal “No Other,” I then investigated 1971’s “White Light,” and while a completely different animal, and still gets regular listens from me.
Bluegrass musician Doug Dillard teamed up with Gene Clark to form a duo that lasted for two albums. Backing musicians included former Byrd Chris Hillman and future Eagle Bernie Leadon. Their first album came out in 1968, not long after Clark’s former bandmates teamed up with Gram Parsons to unleash the watermark country-rock album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” That album featured a small smattering of originals, but was dominated by covers. On the other hand, eight of the nine tracks on “The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark” were written/co-written by Clark.
Of the nine tracks here, “With Care From Someone” continues to play in my head through all my travels. This is straight-up country-rock at its purest, stocked with banjo, sweet harmony, and even a little harpsichord (!) easing the action along.
On repeated listens, I can see this album rivalling “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” in my brainspace for “favorite country-rock album.” It certainly deserves to be mentioned more often when it comes to highly influential albums.
Well, there you go. I’m back to the blogging thing. Hope it sticks this time, and I hope I can turn you on to a tune or two that you’ve never heard that you never knew you’d love so much.
*I don’t have to tell you what the asterisk is for. You already know.