Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Music for my 32nd Birthday—21 Years Ago

Sitting at the bottom of a carton I unpacked from the attic, was this homemade compilation cassette. My late best friend, Andy, was known for making these personalized tapes for all of his friends. What a rush of memories—I hadn't heard any of these songs in a long, long time. Click on the image to read the songs/artists, classics all of them.

For a Youtube link to Aretha's 1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky), click here.

Oh yeah, Andy used to call me Charley from time to time, lol. We had several names for each other and our friends.





  2. Oh wow!

    Casey, how fortunate you are to have friends like that! So many wonderful tracks -- Unchain My Heart by Joe Cocker is one of my all-time favorites! And all the Aretha tracks -- never was, never will be, anyone like Aretha.
    My late friend Raymond used to make me mixed tapes of the music we loved to dance to at the Saint among other places. I still have them but haven't played them in long time -- too many memories! One of these days I'll listen to them and relive those amazing times. Thank you, as always, for sharing.

    Paul, NYC

  3. What a great memory for you Casey! Love "ain't no sunshine"... Appropriate I imagine...

  4. Thanks Paul and Mare!

    Paul, if we could 'go back and watch the tapes' wouldn't it be funny if we were at the Saint together all those years ago.

  5. Well, it's more than likely we were since I was there most weekends between about February '81 until mid-'84. Things were going downhill fast at that point and when they got a liquor license and moved the entrance around to 5th Street it was all over for me. The end, and I'm not sure exactly when it was, was when I was on my way down one of the spiral staircases from the dance level to the lounge and a woman (!) in a little black dress, pearls and high heels (high heels!) said "This is the UP staircase you know." I went directly to the coat check and left, never to return. As we know, things, in most areas of life, went downhill pretty fast from then on.

    But I'll never forget the good times there or the people I shared them with. They're all gone now -- gone but never forgotten. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself last night for reasons I won't go into here, and yes, even though I'm in San Francisco, but you've shown me, once again, how much I have to be grateful for!

    Paul, NYC