Sunday, July 2, 2017
"Take the Money and Run" (1976)
The first brand new album I ever purchased with my own money was Steve Miller Band's Fly Like an Eagle (1976). I was thirteen, a Kerrisdale Courier paperboy, and on weekends I would go downtown to where the albums were before visiting my father in the West End. A&A Records was at the corner of Robson and Granville (or was it Nelson and Granville?) and A&B Sound further north on Seymour and Dunsmuir.
When the Hard Rock Miners were touring regularly (1988-1993), the van was our rehearsal space. I don't remember it as a place where we got a lot of writing done, but for rehearsing and arranging, it was great.
I love the Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Van Sessions. Great musicianship, great humour, great friends, too, I hope. Their video above is one of my favourites. As for the song, I liked it as a kid, but I like it even more now.
Could it use another verse between the third and the fourth? It seems like there was one there once. But just as well -- more room to imagine what Bobbie Sue slipped away from, how she did it, and where Billy Joe was.