Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sidetracked By a Song

This is not the post I was originally going to write but I came across a song on YouTube and my head went totally in a different direction than I was originally going to go. Guess that means I save the other post for later and go with this one, eh? Funny how music can do that to you sometimes!

Anyhow, way back in the mid-1970's when I was a young airman in the United States Air Force and able to listen to whatever music my little heart desired, I became enchanted with The Alan Parsons Project. More than just a joke in an Austin Powers movie, The Alan Parsons Project was founded in 1975 by none other than Alan Parsons, a British engineer, producer, and recording artist; and Scotsman Eric Woolfson who was a songwriter and composer. Together the two combined their respective talents to produce eight albums from 1975 to 1990 that were designed primarily as a forum for a revolving collection of vocalists and session players to interpret and perform their conceptually-linked, lushly arranged and orchestrated music.

Whatever it was, I loved it and was hooked right from the beginning with their Edgar Allan Poe based album - Tales of Mystery and Imagination -in which they brought to life such works as "The Raven", "The Tell Tale Heart", and "The Fall of the House of Usher". I owned it and I played it death and bought every subsequent album I could as soon as it came out. I have always loved music with a lot of orchestration so that may account for a lot of why I love their music. Well, that and the lyrics really tended to hit home from time to time.

I guess I can actually thank my first husband for introducing me to The Alan Parsons Project as he was the one who got me listening to them (thanks, Mick!). Even though I've tried to get Amanda to listen to some of their music she says it's just not her cup of tea and I guess I'm not really surprised though it would have been nice had she said "Wow, Mom, this stuff is great!" No such luck, though! It seems I'm more apt to listen to her music than she is to mine.

The song that derailed my original post idea and that is at the top of this post, "Damned If I Do", was from their 1979 album Eve, the only album to feature female lead vocalists which makes sense as the concept for this album was a woman and her effect on men. The song was a minor hit off of the album and one that I have always liked probably because there have been times in my life when I've felt damned if I did and damned if I didn't when it came to love. Come to think of it, I still feel that way from time to time (thanks, John).

So, that's the direction this post decided to go - let's see if I can get back on track with the other one later! As long as I don't come across any other songs from my past while perusing YouTube I should be okay ... maybe ... there's an awful lot of stuff on that website that takes me down Memory Lane.


  1. Anonymous9:51 AM EDT

    I remember this song...Takes me back to my college days (daze?)

  2. I don't remember this one at all. Good tune though. Have a great day Linda. Big hug. :)

  3. Anonymous12:47 PM EDT

    Nope, never heard of it...BUT this might have to do with the fact that I wasn't born 'till 1977.

  4. funny i don't remember it either!

    smiles, bee

  5. I've heard of The Alan Parsons Project, but not a song.

  6. Hi Linda:-)

    I was never a big fan of the Alan Parsons Project but of course I remember who they are!! I love listening to the older music which bring back so many memories, good and bad. About the only music my boys really like from when I was younger is the group CCR...they still play it often! lol I was a lot into Elvis Presley and country music and they never cared for that!! hehe xoxo

  7. I remember The Alan Parsons Project but I don't remember this song.

    If you like orchestration, you probably listened to Emerson, Lake and Palmer in the 70s.

  8. I am a huge APP fan. Thanks for the lowdown...

  9. Awesome post! It's strange but I just ordered some old stuff I grew up with but it was stuff my parents listened to: The Best of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. I also want to get some of the stuff that was popular during WWII. I guess I'm waxing nostalgic.
    Loved this one...

  10. I was a minor fan of Alan Parsons. I enjoyed the commercial songs Eye in the Sky and Time. But I never really pursued more than that.


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