Saturday, June 30, 2018

Steppin' Out - A Tribute to Joe Jackson. Wait Wrong Joe Jackson! Oh well. Here It Is Anyway!

Joe Jackson's Steppin' Out was very influential to me when the song was released in 1982. I was in high school and listened to the usual FM hits for the most part. But, as soon as I heard it, I knew it signaled something new.

The jazz piano chords were mixed with the drive of electronic rhythms that suggested that The City was something vibrant, modern, alive, and--surprisingly--elegant. Remember that, even though the song was released in the 1980s, the country was still mired in the economic malaise of the Carter Years. Especially in New York. Young people today often have no understanding of what New York (and Washington, DC among others) were really like in the 1970's and during the deep recession of the early 1980's..

This song stuck a stake in the ground and pronounced a new age. In my opinion, it was a predictive call to Xers like myself to break from the 1970's and welcome an age of FREEDOM and PROSPERITY under outsider president Ronald Reagan--or the 1980's as people remember it now.

"We are so tired of darkness in our lives, with no more angry words to say, to come alive, get into a car and the other side."


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Beautiful Richmond Part V: The Jefferson Hotel

I recently stopped into the Jefferson Hotel for a cup of coffee before church. As I sat enjoying the experience, the statue of Thomas Jefferson stared at me intently. "Really. And what business do YOU have here?", he seemed to inquire. Just kidding. But the atmosphere really is special and I look forward to coming back--perhaps for high tea when I have a really special guest in town.