Five for silver, six for gold

“Seven for a secret never to be told…”

I have liked the Counting Crows since 1993 when August and Everything After was released. That was a pretty tough time for me. I had just begun my freshmen year of high school with the knowledge that at the end of Fall semester, I would be moving away from the only home I had ever known, all my friends, and the safety of stability. In December, my dad had been living in Orlando for two months and my mother, sister and I joined him in a one bedroom apartment until the specifics of the house my parents bought all went through. I was friendless, thrown into an entirely different culture. We moved into a house in a very affluent neighbourhood where the kids all dressed like surfers and I saw so many of my peers skateboarding and smoking cigarettes. Coming from South Florida, where this sort of behaviour somehow should have been the norm, it wasn’t and I was shocked… and scared.

When this album came out, even my naieve 15 year old self identified with Adam Duritz’s hauntingly lonely lyrics, the underlying tones of self-hate and the emptiness we all feel. I listened to that entire album (both sides – cassette tape!) over and over. This kind of music was slowly replacing my love for Guns and Roses – my anger replaced by despair.

I believe it was early in January when the Crows came to perform at a now defunct little place called the Edge in downtown Orlando. I hadn’t made any friends yet nor started the Spring semester so somehow it worked out that my father would accompany me. I don’t suppose it’s dorky to attend a concert with your dad if you don’t know anyone in the entire city. The show was amazing; I don’t think they opened with “Mr. Jones” but I remember the crazed shouts when it finally began, the guitar opener that all fans knew so well. That was my first real concert. It was amazing. I wore the shirt to school soon after.

I think the Counting Crows are still a strong band, even though not quite as “popular” as they once were. Their newest album and first single, You Can’t Count On me” are growing on me. I don’t think I’d go to another one of their concerts but they still know how to make decent music. And that’s saying something because there’s not a lot of good new stuff. (Amy Winehouse, I’m looking at you!)

Tell me, what band have you always liked, no matter how many years pass and how old they get?

4 thoughts on “Five for silver, six for gold

  1. I have my top three that I will always listen to no matter what: Dead Can Dance, The Cure, and Depeche Mode. Faithless, a band I’m fond of, did an interesting little remixy type thing with the Cure’s “Lullabye.” Every time I get in the car I play it, and then go back and play the original.

  2. I spent a good deal of time listening to both the Cure and Depeche Mode; some Faithless as well. They always remind me of some pretty decent times in my life.

  3. Hootie and the Blowfish is that band for me. Cracked Rear View came out right before I started high school, and it was my first real obsession with a rock band. I didn’t get to see them in concert until I was in college, and six years after they were “cool,” they still rocked. I have soft spots for Oasis and Third Eye Blind as well.

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