Day 22

The sign reminds me of a woman I used to date.

I took this at the end of a dead-end road on the south side of town…seems appropriate. Maybe someday I’ll write about the woman in question.

It wasn’t a good night. I woke up around 2 a.m. after a few hours sleep, but then I was wide awake. This is the second time I’ve had this problem in the past week. I don’t have a clue as to why it is happening. I hope it doesn’t happen again anytime soon because it throws me off for the rest of the day.

While driving around, looking for something to take a picture of, I listened to a home made cd. It helped brighten my mood afer the nearly sleepless night. The first song on the cd was The Boys Are Back In Town by The BusBoys. It was in the soundtrack of the movie 48 Hours and then again over the closing credits of Another 48 Hours. Another of the songs on the cd was Same Old Weakness by Delbert McClinton. They are two different styles of song, but both are great. When I listen to Delbert McClinton I get in the mood to listen to both Bonnie Raitt and David Bromberg. I started listening to both Bonnie and David in the ’70s.

I first heard Bonnie Raitt on a compilation double album titled Days of Wine & Vinyl. Warner Brothers used to put out albums that they called Loss Leaders, available only by sending them $2 per double album. The albums would have songs released on current albums or songs that were not released. On this particular album was the song Too Long At The Fair. I became a Bonnie Raitt fan for life after hearing that song. It was on her second album for Warner Brothers, and I soon owned all that she had released up until then, four at that time.

I don’t recall when I first heard David Bromberg, but I know I started buying his albums while living in Auburn. One time I drove to a Karma Record store in Ft. Wayne, about 20 miles from where I lived, and bought the Bromberg album Demon In Disguise. When I got home I immediately opened the album to play the record. Strangely, the label on the album said it was a Johnny Mathis album. I thought it was probably an error made at the factory, so I put it on to play. It was a Johnny Mathis album. I got back in my car, drove the 20 miles back to the store, and took in the album. I explained what the problem was to the clerk, and it caused him to laugh. Johnny Mathis is not a substitute for David Bromberg. They had no other Bromberg albums in stock, so they let me pick any album in the store to replace the mis-packaged one I had purchased. That day I took home my first Ry Cooder album,Paradise and Lunch and became an instant fan.

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