Sunday, January 4, 2009

You're Not Alone

I get such a kick out of the reviews that you can read about an album or artist on Amazon's site.

One day I idly searched for Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)--I was curious as to whether his first solo effort--or any of his solo releases--were available on CD. I cherish his albums, but I've never run into anyone else who shares this enthusiasm.

But my goodness, there was a person out in cyberspace whose parents made "Peter" the soundtrack of his childhood apparently. (He wasn't alleging child abuse, by the way.) Reading his comments, along with other enthusiasts, made me feel validated. Ah, the power of the online community!

I would think that any artist who is down in the dumps can instantly get an adrenaline rush by reading these comments. (Of course, if you're really down, perhaps you'd hold nothing but contempt for the people making them.)

By the way, the first solo albums of Peter, Paul, and Mary have been packaged into a 3-CD set available from Rhino. I can sing every word of each of these works--they were my first musical heroes. So quite naturally, I'd tell you to give them a try.

1 comment:

Julie Zickefoose said...

You know what? I loved his album "Hard Times" and played holes in it (we're talking old LP here). At least I think that's what it was called. It was melancholy and yearning without being sappy. Mmm. Loved it.

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