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Thursday, November 25, 2010
THE YOUNG RASCALS - COME ON UP
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
The other day, I had a memory from around 30 years ago (I would have been around 5 years old) get triggered into my head; who knows where these things come from, but it popped into my mind and I was very pleased to remember! I grew up in a very musical environment- my mom is a musician, and my uncle had a drool worthy record collection and state of the art 1977 hi-fi. Both of them gave me piles of records from the 60s in my very early days that began my collecting obsession. But back to this memory; mom and I were driving somewhere in her c1971 Chevy Malibu listening to the Rascals Greatest Hits on the 8 track when THIS jam came on. She cranked it up louder and told me this was always one of her favorites and my young mind certainly agreed; it's impossible to resist Dino Danelli's relentless drumming, Felix Cavaliere's Hammond organ and vocals added to the tight and the overall butt kicking soulful ensemble playing of these guys. Plus, it's one of those songs that just MOVES you; Come On Up? Where? It doesn't matter- just have a good time.
As a musician myself, I am always reminded of my childhood days when I see little kids reacting and being excited when they hear and see someone playing music and THAT'S a kick. One of the greatest gifts a parent can give is to share these things with their kids. I know this from experience! And that is something to be very, very thankful for!