Every city inspires a song. Here at List of the Day we are very interested in assisting your local chamber of commerce and inspiring tourism to your fair city. Feel free to write and tell us why your city should be featured. And you don't have to be a big one. We're going to start big, but once this blog hits its 2,135 entry, I can practically guarantee you that it will be featuring the Five Finest Songs About Roselle Park, New Jersey. And if there aren't any? We'll make them up. Or hire someone to write them.
Boston is a fine city. I had a gall bladder attack there once and spent the night hunched over a chair. I never blamed Boston. Instead, I walked the streets the next day and took in the local flavor, observed people much smarter than me walking around doing smart things. I thought about the band Ultimate Spinach and how they could've been everything that became of Aerosmith if they'd stuck it out. I thought about how there was a band called Boston who I never cared for but who were loved by millions and how I never liked other regionally named bands from Chicago to Alabama to Flint. Well, actually, I have a soft spot for Flint. They knew they weren't going to be successful. How could they? They were from Flint.
Please Come To Boston"--Dave Loggins: It's hard to believe there was once a time when all the songs you hear on Lite-FM stations did not exist. At this point in time it's as if all this music came pre-ordered like a modular house. Just a little bit of assembly required. Yet, these songs were written from scratch. The entire mellow wave had to be invented first. Dentist offices that were once silent suddenly came alive to the sound of something resembling music tumbling over a waterfall. It was a fine day.
"Boston"--Dream Syndicate: The greatest part of this song is how it incorporates Van Morrison's "Cyprus Avenue" into its lyrics. Van spent some time in Boston after recording the album Astral Weeks and didn't know what to do next. He wasn't a living legend then, just some near broke young man whose producer and mentor had died and a guy who sold so few records that in today's marketplace would've been dropped in seconds and forced to start his own MySpace page and hope that someone in network TV would get wind of it and put one of his songs in a cop show or a teen drama. Actually, the guys in the Dream Syndicate could probably use that break right about now.
Back To Boston"--Rosebuds: This young band have already changed their styles several times, so that when you put on their albums you're not even sure if it's them. A cute trick and one I think more bands should pursue. How many times have you bought a band's second album only to find out it sounds like the first one but worse?
"Boston Rag"--Steely Dan: Never trust Steely Dan. These guys are wise guys and they like to trick you. They also like weird chords and play in time signatures that no garage band could pull off. You have to practice a lot to play like them. Somebody should write a book on these guys.
Boston"--Byrds: Gene Clark wrote this song. If you're not familiar with Gene Clark, you should pick up albums by the Byrds (the early ones before they found country), Dillard and Clark (where Clark finds country) and his solo albums, No Other, White Light and the stuff with Carla Olson. He was what astute critics would call "Very Good." He even whistled! Never underestimate the value of whistling.