A Song From The Year You Were Born
So, the last time I played this game, it was only in Week 3, and then I fell off of the blogging map, but if you’re new since then, my friend Jene at The Original Bean has devised a blogring-esque version of the 30 Day Song Challenge that was all over Facebook back then. Jump in over here via the linking tool if you want to play along.
My first impulse here was to cheat and plug in Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979″. It’s an old favorite of mine and I was pretty sure that nothing I found from the 1979 charts was going to tickle my fancy, and at first, I was right. The Cure’s first album was not my thing, I open loathe “YMCA” (sorry guys, it’s super cliche now, and I just can’t do it anymore). Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me”? Meh. While there have been some quality(?) punk covers, the original isn’t really my bag. I was just about to throw my hands up and go beyond the first page of Google when I saw “Sultans of Swing”.
This one holds a special place in my heart because it was a favorite jam piece of the last band I was a part of in high school. Thinking back, I’m pretty certain that we never actually played it in front of people, but we spent hours jamming on it in front of small groups. This song will always be a part of who I am. There were great bands before, and even one or two after, and they all had moments that I’ll never forget, but this song with that band, Knuckle Sam and the Kradle Kats, was one of my very favorite musical experiences as a performer.
(Yes, it was originally issued in 1978, but it didn’t chart and was re-released in 1979, so technically it is from the year I was born.)