Saturday, October 16, 2010

How Many Friends

Last night I was digging the Who. I had just finished watching Hell’s Kitchen which I had recorded from Wednesday evening and decided to see what was happening on facebook. When I checked my notifications I discovered that my friend Jamie had posted something on my wall. All she wrote was “Slip Kid”. That’s all I needed. The rest of the evening was spent listening to the Who, posting Who YouTube videos and sending messages with Who lyrics. It had become a facebook “music night”.

Digging around Wikipedia and YouTube I came to the realization that the album, “The Who By Numbers” was one of the Who’s more under-appreciated efforts. Look at this track list:

1. Slip Kid

2. However Much I Booze

3. Squeeze Box

4. Dreaming From The Waist

5. Imagine A Man

6. Success Story

7. They Are All In Love

8. Blue, Red And Grey

9. How Many Friends

10. In A Hand Or A Face

Although these songs are all wonderful, my favorites are “They Are All In Love”, “Blue, Red And Grey” and “How Many Friends”. I guess I like these tunes because they make me think.

An old friend of mine at Koos Inc. once told me that I liked “brain music”. I believe that he was trying to be sarcastic; he often was. I, however, took it as a compliment.

Of the three favorites, “How Many Friends” is the one that I enjoy the most, because it makes me think the most. Although all of the lyrics are thought provoking, the chorus provides the most intriguing questions.
How many friends have I really got?
Well, you can count 'em on the one hand.

How many friends have I really got?

How many friends have I really got?

That love me, that want me, that'll take me as I am?
See what I mean?

Here is the YouTube video of the song I hope that it works, it’s my first attempt at posting a video on my blog. Dig the Who.

Hopefully it worked for you so that you were able to enjoy the song. If it did work, I hope that it makes you think about your friends and how important they are.

I thought it was very interesting that while I was writing this blog, my longtime friend Jimmy called to catch up on things. How’s that for karma?

Until next time…from the booth.


Sue said...

Can you believe it - your video contains content from UMG and is now available in my Country ! Now that is not friendly. However, I know the tune. My favourite on that album is Blue, Red and Grey. Come to that there are now many Who albums I do not like.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Sue, I am sorry that you cannot see the video. I am assuming that you meant "not" both times that you said "now".

By the way, any truth to the rumor that you used to date Keith Moon back in the day?

Sue said...

You sure know how to make someone laugh ! The closest I have been to Keith Moon is in a box at the Albert Hall watching one of their shows. Yes that is right I meant not both times.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Oh my! Maybe if you had your see-through dress on you could have lured Mr. Moon to your box!

Sue said...

I cas remember what I was wearing and it was see through but would rather have Mr Daltrey in my box !!!

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Do tell Sue!

Sue said...

Black lace top and a pair of tight jeans.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Oh my! Surprised the whole group didn't come after you!