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A Little Non-Traveling Music

Just in the background as you do more important things in the real world and not in this twittering one.

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  • jwm October 1, 2021, 7:46 PM

    How very strange.
    This album was on the soundtrack at the pub at Cal State Disneyland when I was a (34 year old) senior. Those were not especially good times. It was fall semester ’86, and I should have graduated in Spring, but I got married, and had to get a job. I was too old to be there, taking on brutal class loads, trying to plow through fast, and realizing I had made one of the all time “Wut th’ fuk wer yoo thinkin’?” moves of my life by marrying my less-than-ideal first wife. I had classes at odd times, sometimes getting out early in the evening. I’d grab a sandwich at the cafeteria, then stop at the campus pub, and get a pitcher to end the day. I’d sit there, smoke cigarettes, and drink it alone. The third track on this album, “Love/Longing” would always seem to be playing. That sad, haunting melody just seemed like the theme song for that time in my life. It has been one of those odd recurring earworms for years. But I never knew who played it, or what it was called. Now as I type this, I recall asking the bartender if he knew, but he did not. It was just on a background tape they had. As soon as I clicked this on I recognized the style on piano. I scrolled down the timeline: “Love/Longing (on an album called, “Autumn”) Could that be?…
    Holy cow, but it is. Thanks, Gerard, for clearing up one of life’s small mysteries for me.


    • Kevin in PA October 2, 2021, 12:34 PM

      If you like this stye of piano may I suggest more from George Winston:
      SUMMER – with a terrific version of Living in the Country, a cover of the old Randy Newman tune – Living Without You, Hummingbird and my favorite – Loreta and Desiree’s Bouquet part 1 and 2. Lovely music.

      The album titled FOREST is another good one.
      And one of my very favorite albums is LINUS AND LUCY – The Music of Vince Guaraldi. Really great stuff. When I was a lad growing up in the NYC-metro area, the Big Apple offered a wide variety of music radio stations (Radio City). One of my regular stations to tune in was WNEW-NY. I forget the DJ that used to open his show with Guaraldi’s Cast Your Fate to the Wind. That tune still puts me in a dream-like state with so many memories rushing in.


  • sjd October 1, 2021, 8:01 PM

    Beautiful music, but horrible associations. So fortunate to have survived the consequences of poor decisions. Have been resurrected since and am grateful every single day.

  • Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat October 1, 2021, 8:36 PM

    Beautiful scenery, too!

  • Aggravated DocSurg October 2, 2021, 5:41 AM

    I had the chance to see him play in 1986, and again about 10 years ago. He is quiet and seems very humble on stage, and simply plays beautifully. Not sure if he still tours, but he’s definitely worth the price of the ticket; the last time I saw him the place wasn’t as full as it should be.

  • Jack October 2, 2021, 6:50 AM

    I barely missed being in the same high school that George attended. Integration and all of that BS.
    He’s an incredible talent and most of the time you wouldn’t know if he was in the room. Thanks again GVL.

  • tallowpot October 2, 2021, 7:48 AM

    Windham Hills record label had many great musicians on vinyl, and then acrylic. They’ve issued sampler albums of various artists every year since at least 1978.
    My favorite albums include William Ackerman – “In Search of the Turtles Navel”; George Winston – “December”; Mark Isham – “Vapor Drawings”; Alex deGrassi – “Slow Circle”; and Liz Story “Solid Colors”.

  • Diana October 2, 2021, 10:42 AM

    Great music. It was a good way to gather my thoughts! Thanks for sharing.