Pandora Drops “Different Drum” On MeOctober 14, 2011 at 7:31 PM | Posted in Growing up, iPad, Music | 5 Comments
Tags: Bob Dylan, Chaminade HS, Colonial Tavern, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Pandora, Steve Jobs, The Stone Poneys, Tom Rush
My wife was away for the night with her girl friends and I had the bright idea to choose the Linda Ronstadt “channel” on Pandora and from the first note I was hooked and moving backwards in my life. Of all female singers I may have played her more than any other — even more than Judy Collins, who I have adored from the first.
In the years between getting married and having children, in the mid-seventies, I had a ritual on Friday’s. Being in Sales and following Union Work Rules I took off early. My wife Ingrid worked in a bank then and would come home at 6 PM. By that time I’d had a six-pack listening, some times with tears in my eyes to Dylan, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. I was young then but I dealt with things as if I was old and at the end of the line.
I was feeling all this when Pandora played Different Drum by Linda Ronstadt and The Stone Poneys. Once, in 1968 at a meeting of the Senior Prom Committee of Chaminade H.S., I put a dime in the Juke Box at the Colonial Tavern in Mineola, NY and played that song. I have forgotten so much, but I haven’t forgotten that.