Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Welcome to November. The first day of this new month marks the 70th birth anniversary of Dan Peek, one third of the group, America. Born on this day in Florida in 1950, he co-founded the band along with Gerry Buckley and Dewey Bunnell in the late 1960’s when all three were in high school together in London, England (they were all American citizens with fathers serving in the U.S. Air Force). According to the group’s website, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of their inception. They have been a duo since since 1977 when Peek left the band to start a second career in Christian music as both a solo artist and as a member of the group, Peace. He passed away in his sleep from heart disease in 2011.
For those growing up in the 1970’s, America’s music was omnipresent thanks to hits like “Horse With No Name”, “Ventura Highway” (Day 61), “Sister Golden Hair”, “Tin Man”, “Daisy Jane”, “Lonely People” and today’s song which I absolutely love. It went to #9 in 1972 and is from their eponymous debut album released the same year. Today’s track almost makes up for “Muskrat Love”. America’s version was fine, but it brought the song to the attention of The Captain & Tennille, who turned it into one of the worst things to hit vinyl in the 20th century.
“We used to laugh, we used to cry
We used to bow our heads then, wonder why
And now you’re gone, I guess I’ll carry on
And make the best of what you’ve left to me“.
America circa 1972 (L-R): Gerry Buckley, Dan Peek & Dewey Bunnell. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
America: “I Need You” (1972, written by Gerry Beckley).
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