“Eyes of Silver” and other deep tracks

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Rey Spadoni

I have always loved The Doobie Brothers… every single iteration and version of them.  I’ve been listening of late because I now subscribe to a streaming music service and because the brothers were just elected into this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class, to be inducted on May 2, 2020, along with Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and others.

The Doobie’s lineup was ever evolving and their various phases included the original with founders Tom Johnson and Patrick Simmons and then followed by one dominated by Michael McDonald.  They still actively tour and Michael occasionally joins them.  Of course, there were the hits (“Listen to the Music”, “Black Water”, “What a Fool Believes”, “China Grove”, “Takin’ it to the Streets”, etc.) but then there are the deeper cuts.  These are the ones I really loved.  Jazz, soul, country, ballads, straight ahead rock – it’s quite the mix.

My older brother, Ed, played their “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits” album constantly in his room which was down the hall from mine.  This is where it began.  Eventually I “borrowed” that album… and never gave it back.  “Eyes of Silver”, in particular, got to me.  Guitars, horns, harmonies.  A simple tune but with a lot going on in there.

The streaming subscription has helped reacquaint me to the deeper tracks, ones I haven’t heard in decades.  I had forgotten all about them.

So too with my own images, such as these…

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Rey Spadoni
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Rey Spadoni

I recently went through 52,000 of my photos in an attempt to house clean (described here) and learned a few things.  My pattern historically has been to cull through shoots immediately afterwards, relegating some to “hit status” and posted on-line or gathered in specific and easy to locate galleries.  The rest just lie fallow, forgotten.  They didn’t originally make the grade, but now upon re-inspection, I see something within them that appeals.  Perhaps it’s just personal – memories and associations with earlier times.  But I see stories, emotion, even mystery in them.

Perhaps the deeper cuts are worth rediscovering…

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