A Whiter Shade of Pale

May 25, 1967 Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. (via thisdayinmusic.com)

me & my sis

I found a picture of me and my sister Alyson (she’s 3 years older than me) when I was I’m guessing 17. Yeah, that’s my Afro.  I remember pickin it out. My sister was the hippie and I suppose I was a disco queen or whatever the 70’s term was.

We lived in Brooklyn at 908 East 19th street in a big old house.  It was a predominantly Jewish neigborhood and I had a good friend Nathan Birnbaum living next door and Eddie Miller directly across the street and Larry Cohen down the block. (I wonder where they are now? Helloooo?  Are you out there?)

Days were spent playing stickball, punchball, stoopball and football, pretty much all in the street. It was a dead end block. We had the LIRR freight trains at the end of the block (we called them THE TRACKs and there are a lot of stories that involved the tracks. I’ll get to those another time)

Anyway, after playing ball most of the day we would then listen to music at night, usually in my room because I had the loudest and largest stereo possible – amazing I’m not deaf – which brings me back to Procol Harum.  We’d listen to Procol Harum and Jethro Tull.  Remember Aqualung’s nasty lyrics? Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent… Snot running down his nose…! A Whiter Shade of Pale had the deep, cool lyrics. Even if I had no idea what they meant.  Still have only the vaguest idea.  We skipped the light fandango!  What?

But it’s a beautiful song.


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