Day 7 of the 10 Records / 10 Days music influence meme thing ... music that shook my world somehow, someway... I was recently reminded by a friend about a record which opened my mind in an unexpected way: proving to me as a young kid that there was life after The Beatles. You see, I was pretty upset by their break up at the time -- my first great loss after the deaths of my turtle and suicidal goldfish! So it was a revelation coming to terms with the fact, the reality, that there were indeed other great artists out there who could create melodies equal to the Fab Four. If you weren't there, its probably hard to comprehend today but at the time the Beatles were so at the top of their game and so considered royalty visionary guru seer soothsayers of the times and almost untouchable by others… seriously.... I was accidentally introduced to this recording by Emitt Rhodes courtesy of the Record Club of America (I was maybe 9). My brother had ordered The Beatles' "Let it Be" for me and the club was back ordered (this was 1970)... As a young Beatle fanatic, I was devastated when I opened the package and got this but it had a letter explaining what had happened; they were sending it for free as a consolation for the delay (weeks later Let it Be arrived). My brothers encouraged me to put Emitt's album on and we all loved it immediately. Tears became joy. Someone at the record club knew me well!
I didn't know anyone else at the time into Emitt Rhodes but I do remember hearing his songs on the radio a bit at the time. To that, this record was another step in finding my own taste and disregard for what everyone else was listening to. When you are a kid it is common – – and not a bad thing mind you -- to want to listen to what your friends are listening to.
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