Day 8: Drug songs

tom-pettyThere was a point this weekend where I was wondering what was going to unravel this bit faster… the quagmire that has become the site updates, the Apocalypse we are currently living through (what with all the hurricanes and earthquakes we have been seeing), or the debilitating nitrous addiction I am finding more and more undeniable…

But either way, the show does roll on as we find ourselves at Day 8 of this endeavor… and strangely enough, it is rather fitting…

I don’t like the drugs… but the drugs like me

If music was created in order to better express the feelings of happiness and sorrow, then drugs were created to make the music better.

Music and drugs seem to have always gone hand in hand (to be hinest, drugs have that kind of a relationship with all the arts; this just happens to be a musical probe).

But, like with all things, certain songs seem to lend themselves better to the mind altering powers of drugs.

Of all the questions, this has been the hardest…

Not because I could not think of an answer, but rather because I thought of too many answers. For a moment I contemplated making this the first “Double Play” but felt that too easy a way out…

There is a time for a tie and there is a time for a clear cut winner… this was the clear cut winner’s time.

Tom+Petty+and+the+Heartbreakers

So before me sat three songs (after some deliberation…), all of them very strong “drug” songs for me (In that they were songs that I cannot listen to without thinking of a specific moment of drug use):

Eric Clapton’s “Motherless Child” (from a baaaaaaad LSD influenced episode where my and high school friends Tony and Joe dropped a ten hits of acid each and had things go squirrely on us while watching Twister. To this day, the song gives me crawling skins and spine chills…)

The Eagles “Life in the fast lane” (perhaps the single most cliché cocaine song in the history of music, but makes the list because –perhaps by fate- it happened to be on the radio as my friend Liz and I decided five hours into a six gram bender that we just had to go see Lightning training camp.)

And perhaps the single greatest drug song (for me anyways…)

dontcomearoundhereA song that makes the list because when I saw this artist in concert, this was the song that happened to be playing as without a doubt the single largest open air smoke out I have ever been a part of occurred. Myself and my good friends Hoglesworth and Biff were just minding our own business when it happened… puffing on a spliff I happened to have on me while the great Tom Petty the Heartbreakers were starting to work through their set. Then, as if by some sort of great usage of flash mob technology, as the opening chords of “Don’t come around here no more” rang through that humid Florida night, every joint in the vicinity where we were seemed to be lit in unison. As the song rolled on, the paper rolled delights passed form hand to hand; one’s lips never without a joint to puff.

I have been a dozens of concerts since… heavy pothead drawing bands at that… and never again has a happening like that occurred. It was truly cosmic…

Here’s Tom Petty, “Don’t Come ‘round here no more”…


 

Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em…

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