My First Album

Christmas 1972. Of course I could tell by the 12″x12″ packaging that the item was an album. I had just unwrapped my new record player now on to the goodies. I clawed away enough paper on the first swipe to unveil half the image … bright orange. It was America Homecoming. “Oh my God! it looked great.” But who was this band?

Luckily, my mom had amazing taste in music. The sounds of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Rush and Kris Kristofferson permeated our home. I cut my musical teeth on acoustic guitars and 70’s singer / songwriters. And so began the soundtrack to my young life. I loved that album and sang along to every bar of music. I purchased it twice more over the years as we moved from LP to cassette to CD.

In 1993 I had the opportunity to sing “Horse With No Name” on stage live with America’s Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. I’m glad I knew the words.




    1. Good point, minor6th. Buying and listening to music was a more tactile experience with LPs. I always read the liner notes on an LP. Not so much with cassettes and hardly at all with CD’s. I loved the smell of LPs, too.


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