Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Album #19: “Patsy Cline—12 Greatest Hits” (1962)
My friends from high school have been throwing a New Year’s Eve party every year since, well, high school. Sometimes it was just five or six of us, sometimes 50 or 60, but we usually made a effort to dress up (rare for my friends, believe me). The job of hosting it has been handed off from one friend to another over the decades, and during the years we were throwing it at the Belvedere, “Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits” finished every party, as we danced into the dawn. It was a good way to start the new year.
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Song #21: “Sleepwalk” — Santo & Johnny (1959)
Song #22: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — Elvis Presley (1961)
For her 50th birthday, I took Maura to Nashville, a town she always wanted to spend a few days exploring. Our initial plan was to hit the high points, a museum or two, maybe take in a show at the Grand Ol’ Opry … instead, we went on a 3-day bender in the honky-tonks up and down Broadway, catching who-knows-how-many musicians. On our last night, I tipped the band to play a song for her birthday, and they launched into “Sleepwalk.” She started crying and said, “How did you know this was my favorite song.”
“I didn’t,” I replied, “I just asked him to pick something good.”
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You just knew there had to be an Elvis song in this countdown…. While Fat Elvis is a cruel but fair cliché, I always rather liked his later stuff — especially “Suspicious Minds” and “Burning Love.” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was our wedding song, however, and so is the clear winner.