As I walked down into the subway at 116th Street last night, I heard the strains of someone singing and playing the guitar. The song sounded familiar -- "I Know There's Something Going On," which I actually own on 45 (yes, kids, vinyl) -- but he was playing a slower, more soulful version. The song has been in my head ever since.
My friend Beth wrote a great piece in the New York Times about the joy of car radio surfing. We were commenting back and forth on Facebook about it and she mentioned that in an earlier draft she had mentioned a day she heard me singing "Stand By" on WLIR one morning before school. I had totally forgotten about that (and still not sure I remember why they let me sing on the air . . .)
One of the albums I remember most from my childhood is Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie Together in Concert. RIP, Pete. You made the world a better place. My uncle would have been very sad to hear that you're gone, but maybe he's got a better seat at your concerts now.
Last night a neighbor and I were talking about music from our childhood days and he remembered a song from Sesame Street that I hadn't thought of in years called "Someday, Little Children." We then discussed some other gems, including the soundtrack to Really Rosie and various songs from the Sesame Street Alphabet Album ("Would you like to buy an O?"). It's looking like I have to buy some music for my nephew!