A few months ago, the people who publish the 33 1/3 series of books issued an open call for proposals. If you’re not acquainted with the 33 1/3 books, each is a little (roughly 120 pages) book about a single LP/CD. Anyway, I found out about this way too late to get a proposal of my own together, but started thinking that it might be interesting to work a 33 1/3 book about the Anthology. So I decided to write a proposal on spec, get in touch with the 33 1/3 people about it, and take it from there. I just started, and I’m going to use the blog as sort of a semi-public clearing house for ideas as the process continues.
I’ve been reading a few of the books in the series, and they seem to be part personal (how am I and this music related?), part informational (stuff about the artists, how the record got made, etc.), and part cultural (what was going on around this record and how does it all fit together?). It’s an approach that I think lends itself perfectly to a work like the Anthology.
At any rate, I’ll be posting again, with the usual musical accompaniment. Today’s video is Gene Autry’s Back in the Saddle Again. When I was a little kid, my old man (who was from Western Pennsylvania), used to listen to a country music station from New Jersey that was certainly the only such whose signal reached New York City. They played all the great cuts we now call “classic country,” and I hated every minute of it. Back in the Saddle Again was the theme of one of the DJs on the station, and I’m sure I heard it thousands of times before I was 10. Here’s one more. Please enjoy.