Honestly, I’ve always wished that I could have made (and still make) my living playing music. To be in a band. To be a musician, on the road, in the studio, on stage or in the corner in clubs and bars and dives across the world. Or, just as a session guy or recording artist, a local residency to play to a roomful of folks every weekend. I was in a band for a few years. We played some shows and recorded an album. I suppose it could have happened. But it didn’t. And now I’m left with some fond, if fading memories, and some halfcocked daydreams that surface when I’m bored…OR when I hear certain songs or albums or artists. And so, we have the wonderful, all-too-short career of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., better known to you and me as punk and garage rock troubadour Jay Reatard.
Have you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.
“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension
It’s a little embarrassing to admit to how much I like “Aquarius.” How much I love “Aquarius.” I’ve never even seen Hair before, so I can’t attest to the quality of that musical, but as far as The 5th Dimension’s 1969 version of the tune goes, I am happily and steadily on board, a devotee if you will.