I enjoy lots of today's music, but I
remember yesterday's music, too. I'm planning on posting a track here
most days, if not exactly daily, for a while. We'll see how long this
What I will avoid are the tracks heard regularly on classic rock and oldies radio. I'll tend toward more or less obscure artists, occasionally throwing in less known tracks by well known artists or maybe sometimes live versions of well-known songs.
Spirit was one of the best bands of its day, although they are little thought of today. During the four years when they released their first four albums, 1968-1970, no American musician I can think of had as strong a run, except maybe Neil Young. In time the usual story of too many strong egos, too much fast money and too many drugs tore apart the original line-up of Randy California, Jay Ferguson, Ed Cassidy, Mark Andes and John Locke. They band kept on for a long time with a constantly changing roster led by California's guitar skills but without Ferguson's writing and singing they never had as much success.
California's name was Randolph Craig Wolfe until he was renamed by the lead guitarist of a band he was in, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames; that leader was Jimi Hendrix, shortly before Chas Chandler took him to England. California really was a great guitarist. The beginning of one of his songs, Taurus, was stolen by an upcoming band named Led Zeppelin and used as the introduction to a little ditty they called Stairway To Heaven. He died tragically in 1997 while rescuing his 12 year old son from drowning in Molokai, Hawaii.
The song Nature's Way is on their fourth album, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.