03.09.12 | Dave
A short while back I posted an article about a Debussy piece for cello and piano which was composed in 1915, and for my purposes performed in 1967. I tried to humanize both the composer and the performers by throwing out a bunch of significant cultural happenings from the respective years. If you are interested in the original article you can find it here. I really enjoyed writing this article and looking up all the seemingly insignificant facts like the debut of new Boeing airliners and Elvis's wedding date.
Today I am going to take this approach to Pop music and post the first installment of a light hearted feature I'm calling Flashback Fridays. The idea here is that I will post a song or video which has become dated and throw up a bunch of touchstones from popular and social culture to hopefully drag this thing out of isolation and back into its full picture. The first piece for the installment is from 1987. It is a reissued song from Steve Winwood entitled Valerie. It was off his compilation album Chronicles. Read on to get the low down on this tune and the year that surrounds it.