I lost my i-pod and I’m really upset about it. A perfectly curated archive of podcasts, a playlist of “guilty pleasures” that I would never admit I listen to, and a bunch of other sonic delights: all gone.
So, heartbroken, I visited the 1st floor of the Central library, to pan the CD collection for some new gold. I borrowed 3 Bob Dylan discs (Best of the 60s, Best of the 70s and Greatest Hits), and some “best of” albums by Carly Simon, Paul Simon, and Marvin Gaye. I found two Thievery Corporation albums – “It Takes a Thief” and “Versions”, which are both fantastic, and on a whim, the best of Pet Shop Boys ended up in my basket. But my favourite by far is the oldest recording of the bunch – The Everly Brothers’ Greatest Hits.
These songs are familiar to me because my dad had a penchant for the oldies. The 50s and 60s were the soundtrack to my early years, even though I grew up in the 80s. But I didn’t appreciate those old tunes then, like I do now. The Everly Brothers have incredible harmony, and as one of my colleagues pointed out, the melodies are simple but the harmonies are much more complex.
Give the Everly Brothers a chance, and you’ll see they stand the test of time. Place a hold online, or visit your local library branch and check out the music collection.
I guess I’m starting to perk up about the lost pod. But for now, I’ll do my crying in the rain...