I was 6 years old when Rocky II came out and I remember going to see it at the twin plex movie theater in downtown Plant City. That movie, as they are want to do, made me wanna be a fighter. I shadow sparred all the way to my Mom’s car after the movie and promptly turned my pillow into a makeshift punching bag upon returning home. For the next 4 hours, I was gonna be a boxer.
Flash forward 9 years and the next heavy weight champion of the world was sitting in his living room on a rainy Florida day with his buddies about to pop The Search For Animal Chin into the VCR for the first of what would become more viewings than I could count. By the end of that movie all we wanted to do was skate. Had to skate. It was time to pull that trick you’d been bailing on for the last 2 days. Inspiration was upon us and it didn’t matter if the ramp was still wet from the afternoon rains, we were out there, slipping, sliding and planning our scenes for the skateboarding video we were all sure we’d be in one day.
Well. I never made it into a skateboarding video and the closest I ever got to being the next Heavy Weight Champion of the world was a few bar fights I got into after getting fat. I tell the stories to hopefully conjure up some nostalgic memory of a moment of intense inspiration you have rattling around somewhere up in your head. I want to to find it and grab a hold.
American Aquarium’s new live album, Live In Raleigh, makes me wanna go see a show. Any show. It makes me wanna look on my local web site, find a show and go and cheer and spill beer and sing a long and worry about the price that’ll be paid at work tomorrow morning, tomorrow morning. Live In Raleigh’s sound quality is surprisingly good and the band put on one hell of a show that night to a very involved crowd. When I really think about it I’d say this cd is the optimal entry point for anyone who’s looking to check the band out. Sure, the studio recordings are gonna be a little cleaner in the mixes (not by much) and they’ll be a little more “crisp” but Live In Raleigh has soul. It’s pure. Live. Like rock and roll is meant to be experienced and, in my opinion, Essential Listening.
And hey…it’s Friday night…go out and see a show.