SOMEWHERE IN NEVERLAND
This week in my Critical Listening class (my ears are killing me), we were tasked with analyzing all parts of a song that make up the entire production like equalization, compression, reverb, lyrics, etc. from the 1960s. It took me longer to actually pick a song to analyze than it took me to dissect the production.
After a few days of filing through various genres of songs from the 60s, I finally landed on “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. I wasn’t expecting a homework assignment to bring me such nostalgia. I know what you’re thinking, I quite obviously was not alive in the 60s but the music from the 60s through the 80s was continuously blasted into my virtuous ears from a very young age.
Everyday to and from school—whether it be my dad driving me in his rusty 1969 (fitting) Chevy truck to school or my mom’s friend picking me up—one of my hometown’s most prominent (and one of our only radio stations), 97.5 KDLY FM, was always playing in the background from the time I started school up until probably middle school. The station played songs from notable artists from all three decades, good or bad.
Just filing through that music and being reminded of those songs that were so pronounced in my childhood brought back a lot of happy memories for me and I think I finally found an appreciation for the songs that were being played on that station, and others as I got older—as much as I hated them growing up (I still hate Hair Nation, Dad). I think knowing myself now and how utterly attached to music I am, I totally would’ve been one of those people to drive cross country to go to Woodstock in 1969. And I guess it’s fitting that two-thirds of the album reviews in this section this week are retro picks, one of which being a very renowned record from the 60s.
Editor’s Pick: “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival