RECORD STORE TALES #987: The Summer Awakens
It’s official: the earliest swim on record for any summer at the lake is May 13! If you don’t believe in global warming, then I can tell you that past weekends in early May, we were snuggled up in jackets and long pants. This year, early May was as warm as early July used to be. What an incredible weekend. Clear and sunny until late Saturday. By then we were indoors waiting for the Toronto Maple Leafs to once again exit the playoffs in the first round. But I’m jumping head of myself!
Traffic was light but the music was heavy. Albums for the drive up:
As expected, both were awesome on the road. There was no clear winner. Interestingly, Jennifer liked “Roots In My Boots” by Scorpions, which I considered a bit of a throwaway. Regardless, both albums did well on the highway and rocked us safely to the cottage in two hours.
First music on the porch:
- Kathryn Ladano – Open
Not a new release, but since the good Doctor was next door, it felt right to serenade her with some of her best music!
From there we settled in with the first hot dogs of the year, and I began to prep for my show that night (Top 11 Star Wars movies) by watching The Phantom Menace. 10 years ago, the only way to do that would be to bring a DVD and watch it on the laptop. If we wanted to watch a Star Wars movie 30 years ago, we needed to bring the tape and a VCR! Everything is so easy now, but dependent on a good internet connection. That connection enabled me to do the first cottage show of the year, and a success it was. I experimented with some new lighting and it worked way better than last year after sundown. A successful show — and one of the best we’ve ever done. Certainly one of my favourites.
It’s always hard to sleep after a caffeinated show like that. I got four or five hours, and was up and at ’em early Saturday. It was so quiet. Most cottagers have not opened yet — their loss! They were not able to listen when I rocked Kiss on the front porch on Saturday. Kiss albums this weekend included Dynasty, Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, Peter Criss, and Rock and Roll Over.
I made fish for breakfast (trout) and went to go pick up my new bass from neighbor Donna. Her brother was Don Simmons of Helix, and this bass used to belong to him. It is my honour to play it on the porch in his memory. Although I use the word “play” very loosely. I have never played bass before and can only “barely” play guitar as it is. It took some time to get used to the size of the body. Even the neck felt huge. But it sounded great and really rumbled the porch.
I made chicken and steaks on the barbecue and burned up a bunch of old wood — without losing my glasses this time. After being on my feet all day Saturday, I took it easy in the evening, missing the bright orange sunset. I had been on my feet all day and it felt good to rest up in the evening.
We departed for home early Sunday. Albums for the road home:
These albums, Priest especially, gave me some serious retro vibes, as if I had stepped into a time machine and was 16 again. I had this happen numerous times last year, and I wrote about that feeling in multiple previous chapters. It’s a very intense feeling, as if I was no longer living in the year 2022, but had stepped into 1987 again. It felt as real as the steering wheel in my hands. Looks like this summer will be no different. Lots of flashbacks in store!
An excellent start to what I hope will be an amazing year.