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The time: Summer 1970
The place: Ottawa – Canada’s capital city
The Moody Blues turned me on to Prog Rock in 1967 (see ‘N’ post on Apr. 17), but another band stoked that music high, even more, a few years later. One of my close “army brat” friends from Germany had been transferred to Ottawa at the same time we relocated to Toronto (Aug. 1969). She invited me to spend a week with her during summer vacation in 1970.
The hippie era was still in full swing, and I looked the part, from the long, straight hair to the flowing tunic, bell bottom jeans, peace necklace and fringed shoulder bag. Unlike most young people of that era, drugs were of little interest to me. I was scared of them, having witnessed several “bad trips” by others. Instead, I blissed out on acid rock and other trappings of psychedelia. Music was my drug of choice then, as well as now.
My friend had decorated her room with blacklight posters and yes, a lava lamp. It was here that I first listened to the album “In the Court of the Crimson King” by prog rock band, King Crimson. Mesmerized, we played it again, and again until we were completely “spaced out”, letting the music permeate all of our senses. “Epitaph” in particular was so tragically beautiful it moved me to tears.
“Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying.”
During one of our shopping forays, I bought a copy of the album for myself and still have it, along with a vintage (1973) stereo to play it on. To this day, “Epitaph” has the same effect on me as it did 47 years ago.
Do you have any “hippie-dippie” memories you’d like to share?
Does music affect you emotionally?
Looking forward to your comments!
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