A new car is as good as an old one

A new car is as good as an old one

unless it’s broken down . It gets you places.

For this lovely blog that takes me places both photos and words!


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30 thoughts on “A new car is as good as an old one

      • oh wow – Big Log by Robert Plant? Just started it right now on Spotify – and well, takes me way back – to sitting on our small front porch – it was fall of ’83 – and I was a young girl who was growing up way too fast – but with many older siblings I could do just that.

        And there I sat – on the porch in that blue collar neighborhood – with a few friends – it was triple shot weekend and after Big Log- they played In the Mood (for a melody) – and I can’t recall the third song they played in that set – but then shortly after that “Burning Down the House” got played and by brother Joe was griping about it…. ha ha
        thanks for the flashback (again)

        and wow, we were
        SO radio dependent back in those days. come a long way baby – just like cars!!!

        • I wonder why music (along with taste and smells) works so good with memories. I can almost recollect all my first listens to records, and I have plenty. Yes, the radio was for me the A and Ω . We didn’t have a TV until 1991, but along with it I bought a turntable to listen to my growing collection of records. (yes I’ve been buying records without a turntable, only a walkman. Plant’s records were OK, but so different from Led Zeppelin that the contrast made them seem weak. And Talking heads were in their heyday back then. And these were the real pioneers, of the 80ies. I too, had only radio to listen to new and old songs, in fact I skipped school more than once to visit one of the illegal radio stations. I still don’t like TV, but radio has changed for the worse as well.

    • Thank you! My favorite PF album. Still try to figure a way to add a nice solo over the middle instrumental part of Pigs. It seems so spare, like a desert in the song, but perhaps that was what they were after, in order to enhance the final solo.

      • Funny because I was actually wondering about the same thing few minutes ago… I am listening to this album very often since I was 14 years old (now approaching 39)… And I always remain to the same thoughts : There is no other way to do it.

        It sounds weird a bit when the guitar player is your favourite of all time. How can this be the best he could do?

        But I think sometimes music must let listeners evade a bit. Also, the way he play, with this little microphone spreading sound in his mouth and giving him the opportunity to modulate the sound of his Fender…

        Anyway, for myself, David Gilmour has always been my favourite guitar player, not only because he plays with emotion, but also because he can use, sometimes, silence to his advantage. I’ve never heard a solo from Gilmour that was too much. Its always just enough.

        While I wrote this, the first notes of the « On the turning away » solo is starting…

        Have a good day!

        • On the top 5 list for me! Mark Knopfler has to be my number one with Gilmour a close second. So many guitar players, so little time!
          PF do a similar thing on Dogs and they probably go for the sound-scape, for the experience beyond music, but still, I am convinced that something can be done with it. After all on live performance they skipped the talk box altogether! I will let you know if I get a satisfactory result! Yes, maybe there were some other ideas, but they scraped them. We’ll never know, only thing we have are live versions!
          There was a solo from Gilmour and Rick, but yes, still not that interesting…

          Yes, Gilmour is very “economical” with his playing. Many other guitarists fail on this and it shows. But it is the interaction of Roger and Dave that created the masterpieces, really. Comfortably numb for instance, if you hear the demo tapes is only a sketch until Roger gave life with lyrics (and Ezrin put the strings.) Still my fav version of CN is on Pulse. What a glorious 5 minute solo!

          • For myself, i gave up Pink Floyd at Division Bells and also, everything Gilmour has done in solo carreer didn’t attract me at all, unlike what Roger did in is own solo career.

            But I agree with you, Pink Floyd is an archetype of the perfect band where every member is a needed.

            I think Momentary Lapse of Reason was the last Pink Floyd’s album. Even if Roger wasn’t there.

            • A most interesting notion! I like Division Bell much more than Momentary Lapse of Reason, and yes I think that Roger Waters gave us at least two great records (Pros and cons… and Amused to death-which would have been absolutely fantastic if they were done by PF), while Gilmour’s first two records were really below average, no songs no guitars, while On an island was good but not up there! His contributions to Roy Harper’s albums were much better!
              But we forget that decades were passing, technologies were changing, artists grew older, so we really don’t know what the post Final cut records would sound like even if the band was together. The 80ies was a dreadful decade for artists that started off in the 60ies and early 70ies.

    • Went there to visit the power plant, that served as the cover of Pink Floyd’s animals record. i was so thrilled (and exhausted, because I walked all the way from Euston station) that I just put them in the box and went back at them this past year.

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