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Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1968)

March 23, 2020

[Album 743/1001]

When I hear this album, I think of high school jazz bands.

Growing up, I had the privilege of playing guitar in my high school’s jazz group.

We played a few of these charts (God Bless the Child, Spinning Wheel, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy) and hearing this album brought back some fond memories.

It also got me thinking about how there are certain songs/artists that I really enjoy independently & others that are best enjoyed, or better yet played, with others.

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A large percentage of the music in my collection falls under the category of ‘sad bastard’ music.

Which, when listening alone, is right up my street!

But I recognize that most of these somewhat less than cheerful albums wouldn’t exactly be considered campfire classics…

Speaking of campfires, this semester, I have the privilege of teaching a guitar class. Each day, we devote a part of the class to playing campfire-esque tunes.

The highlight of my school day tends to happen when we’re playing a tune that would fit in the upper left quadrant of the diagram above. We’ll be playing a song that I like (say, Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones) and I’ll look up from the front of the class and see the 30 students, playing/singing/bopping along.

And when we all cut out after the “oh no no no” – it’s an awesome moment, the previously ‘liked’ song becomes ‘loved,’ thanks to an experience that can’t be replicated without being present with a group of people.

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With an album like Blood, Sweat & Tears, though listening independently to the tunes can be fun, the songs are a truly a blast to play with others.

Take the big brass intro to Spinning Wheel : when you hit those staccato notes as a group before the vocals kick in, it’s something else.

Although we haven’t played any Blood, Sweat & Tears yet in my guitar class (we’d have an interesting challenge recreating the great brass parts on acoustic guitars!), most of our sing-a-long repertoire fits the like-to-listen/love-to-play format as well.

In normal years, today would be back to school.

When we eventually go back to school, I think it’s this sort of experience, the shared moments that can only be created in a room with others, that I’m looking forward to the most.

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to the staff at our local No Frills & Cobb’s Bakery.

I quickly did our shopping for the week earlier this morning and in both locations, the staff were professional/polite/personable, thanks for all you continue to do!

From → 1960s

11 Comments
  1. We have first day of no school today. The girls are very excited about home school – they’re looking forward to 9am when it starts.

    • Good luck on the first day – I hope their teacher’s nice!

      • They have a timetable but I think they’re going to shoot through it pretty fast – obviously much easier logistically with two children.

  2. Nice shout out to your local grocers Geoff. Sure they appreciate the support.
    Back in 1991 a buddy of mine came back from a Warrant show wearing a Warrant shirt that had a nurse on the front with the words “Blood Sweat and Beers” Lol
    That sums up the Hair Metal Genre right there.
    Your title of this post gave me a flashback.

  3. There’s great energy in this one, isn’t there Geoff? Strong stuff for 1968!

    • Most definitely, Bruce – and not that vinyl tends to need more arguments in its favour, but having God Bless the Child as the Side One closer & Spinning Wheel as the Side Two opener? It just makes so much more sense than having them as #6,7 in a continuous running order!

      • A very valid point. I was thinking about vinyl vs CD or stream with respect to Trout Mask Replica. Getting up to change the record is actually a much needed breather!

      • Now that’s an album that would have no use for a ‘shuffle’ button!

  4. Spinning Wheel reminds me of my Dad. It was one of those songs where he would stop what he was doing and sing along.

    • I remember there was a scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack was looking for a song that he could just ignore.
      I prefer these tunes, where like your dad, you just can’t ignore it!

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