Top 5 Songs I’ll Be Able to Tell My Grandchildren I Heard Live

  1. Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind”
  2. The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
  3. The Rolling Stones, “Satisfaction”
  4. Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”
  5. Eric Clapton, “Layla”

Not much to add, I don’t think–I was just listening to “Layla” and thinking to myself, “Man, I’ve heard some of the greatest rock n’ roll songs ever written.” I mean, look at that list: those are some of the undisputed classics of our time, and in fifty years’ time I’ll be able to tell people I was in the building while they were being played on stage in front of me. And I didn’t even include a Pearl Jam song–mostly since we won’t be able to figure out what their legacy (if any) will be for a few years yet. I’m sure I could think of dozens more–like, with Dylan, I chose “Blowin’ in the Wind” because time ceased to exist when I heard it performed, but the song that preceded it, “Like a Rolling Stone”, is one of the most famous songs ever written. Or with the Who…I mean, where does Roger Daltry’s final, climactic “yeah!” fit in with hearing the opening of “Baba O’Riley” live inside a darkened Madison Square Garden? I don’t pretend to know. Right now, just looking at this list, I feel privileged. In haiku:

Imagine that, Paul!

All these great songs I’ve heard…but

No Mindless Self-Indulgence

Let me know when this is getting cliched. (I can’t turn the double space off. I don’t know why–I just can’t.)


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