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Friday, October 16, 2009

Eat a Peach!

I just did. Ate a peach, that is. Sweet and juicy, straight from the heartland of Texas. There are so many wonderful fruits that abound this time of year, ripe for the eatin' and enjoyin'.

But that's not really what this blog is about. As music lovers know, "Eat a Peach" is also the title of the seminal 1972 album by the Allman Brothers Band. And what a work it was! It introduced the world to songs that are classics today, like "Melissa", "Ain't Wastin' Time No More", and my favorite cut from the album, "Blue Sky". It's nearly impossible to listen to that song and feel down. A lovely tune, it is. And now I get to share it live with friends and family. A dear pal of mine is treating me to the Allman Brothers Band in concert this weekend, and I am so looking forward to the event. I have never had the opportunity to see them live; after Saturday, I will no longer be able to say that. With a clear sky, a crisp breeze, and tasty tunes, it will be a night to enjoy thoroughly. I have been listening to records and viewing YouTube so I can get a taste of what I have to look forward to, and it is as sweet as that luscious peach I just ate.

I hope y'all enjoy this video of the Allman Brothers Band performing "Blue Sky" in 1982. I know I did!


Pilot said...

Saw the Allman Brothers Band in 69' or '70. They along with a little Texas three man band, that had just changed their name from The Moving Sidewalks to ZZ Top, opened for the headline act - Quicksilver Messenger Service, at the old San Antonio Municipal Auditorium. My little sister and I actually had borrowed Dad's Plymouth Fury for a night in Victoria, but made it to SA and back in record time, sneaking off to see a big time rock show.

It was one of those magic nights. ZZ Top was a jaw dropping show. Then came the Allmans, with Duane and Berry Oakley still alive and jamming..........The most amazing show I had ever seen, with Duane Allman and Dickey Betts playing a beautiful southern fried dual lead guitar and a band so tight behind them........I had no idea that I was watching a legendary band in it's infancy. Blue Sky, huh? Man, how many others could either of us have chosen as a favorite? Mine was etched in stone at that first show. "Revival". Hands down. It just said everything I was thinking about life at the time, and to this day, I can't play it or pull it up on YouTube and get through it with a dry eye. I can't wait to see the latest incarnation of the Band. I hear Butch Trucks' son Derek is filling dad's shoes now, and another wild eyed southern boy or two have learned the chops and are doing a fine job of carrying on the tradition. Should be a beautiful night for three generations of friends to gather out on a piney woods hillside and go to a "Revival".....

Sugar Magnolia said...

Funny you should mention "Revival", as a new old friend sent me that via windows music file a while back. I still have it in my email files. I gathered it was one of his favorites.....And I have listened to it several times, just there for the playing.

I never thought about the three generations thing, but right you are. What a wonderful night for a Revival, indeed.