‘Spotlight on a Song’
Hello Friday! Music fans, you are in for a treat today. A throwback band if you will, that I can honestly say is my favorite childhood album OF ALL TIME. And if I were to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring one album, this might just actually be the one I’d pick. Every now and again I hear this song while shopping in a store; and boy does it put a momentary halt in my steps. So that I can marvel and allow myself to let it flow through my body in complete bliss. Seriously.
Supertramp are an English rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. The band’s work is marked by the songwriting of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone in their songs.
1979’s Breakfast in America is one of the greatest albums of ALL time. There, I’ve said it again. There isn’t one song on this album that wouldn’t stop me in my steps.
But like most great bands, the bond between Davies and Hodgson begun weakening. In July 1972 Hodgson had tried LSD for the first time, and offered some to Davies, who declined. He would later describe this divergence in their experiences as the root of the rift between them. Their songwriting partnership gradually dissolved; though all of Supertramp’s songs would continue to be officially credited as “written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson”, most of them were written by Davies or Hodgson individually.
In 2011 both Hodgson and Supertramp continued to tour separately. When asked whether Roger Hodgson might appear on some of the 2011 dates Davies replied, “I know there are some fans out there who would like that to happen. There was a time when I had hoped for that too. But the recent past makes that impossible. In order to play a great show for our fans, you need harmony, both musically and personally. Unfortunately that doesn’t exist between us any more and I would rather not destroy memories of more harmonious times between all of us.”
So take a moment to stop, and let the power of this song flow through your body. You won’t be disappointed.
Have a great weekend!
Strum a little….