Day 29: A Song From Your Childhood

To this day, I retain I nagging fondness for late 70s / early 80s soft rock. I was a young child at that time and I can remember countless hours sitting in the backseat of my parents’ ’78 blue Mercury Monarch as they listened to Mix 99.1 FM, which played a considerable amount of Air Supply, Supertramp, Barbra Streisand (circa Guilty), Christopher Cross, Al Stewart, Billy Joel and Journey (whom I didn’t care for at the time and like even less now), among others.

The song that intrigued me most, however, was Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street”. I didn’t even learn what it was called or who sung it until I was in college, which is understandable–Rafferty was not nearly as charismatic as, say, Elton John and the song doesn’t even have a sung chorus. In the latter’s place, of course, is that iconic sax solo, perhaps the real reason “Baker Street” became such a big hit. It’s a weirdly structured, at times introverted little song, but that sax chorus transforms it into an epic. Hearing it now still takes me back to being an only child and having little to do on road trips but listen along to the radio with my parents.

One Response to Day 29: A Song From Your Childhood

  1. Michael C. says:

    Great summation of this forgettable song made unforgettable by that sax break.

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