Tim Steil Takes The Musical Challenge: “Tapestry” And “Remain In Light”

Written by | February 10, 2020 5:12 am | No Comments


So Kimberly zapped me with this ten album challenge thing, and sure I’ll play, but I want to step it up a little.

Instead of just posting a cover shot with no explanation, tell more more.

Why did you buy it?, what’s your favorite song? Try to find that song with the album cover as its pic and post it. I can pull almost any one of maybe 2K albums and CDs off the shelf and tell you its story, you do the same.

Show a little initiative here people. Don’t be a luddy-duddy! Don’t be a mooncalf! Don’t be a jabbernowl! You’re not those, are you?’

For example?

The first album I ever bought with my own paper route money. Probably $3.99 at the old Gibsons store across from the funeral home. was Carole King’s “Tapestry”.  I had fallen in love with her clear voice in the way only a mopey 10 year old can.

I was fascinated by the she way voiced piano chords, in a kind of Add2, or, the infamous Steely Dan Major Mu. Still one of my all time favorite chords. Everytime I play one, people always say, “Wow man…that’s cool. Now will you cut it out?”

This was the song that got me. The smooth minor key groove, the congas, and ultimately, the guitar solo that seemed to hang out there like the wisp of a ghost.

A bit of a janky one here, bought on cassette at the base exchange at NAS Pensacola, the Cradle of Naval Aviation. 1980.

I was there for Combat Aircrew training, which meant a lot of running, and swimming, land navigation and survival (half a snake for breakfast), and of course, DWEST (Deep Water Environment Survival Training) which is essentially getting thrown off the back of a special boat at a decent clip, getting out of your parachute harness, and treading water until a helicopter comes to pick you up. Waiting for that familiar whoop whoop whoop, it gives you time to think.

I thought, “WTF did I do? How did I get here?” It was a long ways from where I grew up. Everything came fast and loud and out of nowhere. I did shit I never thought I was physically capable of, simply because no one had told me I couldn’t.

I don’t know how long I was out there in the water, but I started getting tired. Staring into the sun looking for that helo, one line kept echoing in my head.

“There is water at the bottom of the ocean.”

Gave me a whole new outlook on things, and a second wind, as I had decided not to find that fact out for myself.

When the Marines finally showed up to get me, I flipped them a bird as they were lowering the cable. Apparently they took offense at this, because they swung me around for a while before they reeled me up.


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