Songs of ’72

We May Lose and We May Win, Though We Will Never Be Here Again

We lost another star of the 1972 music scene this week, with Eagles’ guitarist Glenn Frey’s passing. Their track Take It Easy off of their self-titled album from ’72 is ranked in the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it was played many times during the restoration of our Shasta. We’ll share this live recording of the song from Central Park in that magical year, and won’t let the sound of our own wheels make us crazy.

 

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There’s a Starman Waiting in the Sky

We were very sad to learn of David Bowie’s passing today. His iconic album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, was released in 1972, and we spent hours listening to it while working on the Shasta.

 

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Me and Julio Down by the Shasta

The hits of 1972 just keep on coming! This week, we’ve got the Paul Simon classic, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard. The sentiment “I’m on my way, don’t know where I’m going” accurately conveys the feeling of working on the Shasta most days 🙂

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Bye bye, American Pie

Last week I posted Rocketman by Elton John – a song I said I couldn’t get enough of.  This song is the opposite!  I know it’s a classic – it’s just that, after hearing it a hundred times working on the trailer, I could probably never hear it again. Even though this is a great live version.  Who am I kidding?  I love this song.

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Rocket Man

Maybe it took people a few years to process men landing on the moon – whatever the reason, 1972 had a couple of space themed hits, this track and Bowie’s Starman.  I don’t ever get tired of this song!

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Heart of Gold

One of the more poignant songs of ’72 – but we like to think the Shasta has a heart of gold, too.  Well, maybe it’s yellow.  Either way, we’re done searching for it!

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Down by the Lazy River

We’d never heard this song before we started work on the Shasta, but it turned into one of our favorites.  It doesn’t hurt that we live right by the Allegheny River!  Don’t these guys look like they’re having a great time?  Those jump suits!

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I Can See Clearly Now

Here’s another song of 1972 to celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve been having – we’ve been playing outside now that the rain is gone from the Pittsburgh region!

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Saturday in the Park – You’d Think it was the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Last year at this time we were up to our necks (and maybe over our heads) in Shasta restoration.  We’re so happy to have her almost completely finished and to be able to enjoy boondocking in the field over this holiday weekend!

This song was another we listened to on repeat while doing the restoration – and it seemed appropriate to share it today.  Here’s Chicago with Saturday in the Park, live 1972!

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City of New Orleans

While this song isn’t about a trailer, it is about a train – close enough!  We love Arlo Guthrie – he is my husband’s namesake, after all – and this is one of his most popular songs.  While it was written by Steve Goodman, this song became a hit for Arlo on his 1972 album Hobo’s Lullaby.  We mostly listened to mixes made of hit singles from 1972 while we worked on the Shasta, but we also listened to some whole albums. Hobo’s Lullaby (along with David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Lou Reed’s Transformer, and Elton John’s Honkey Chateau) was one of our favorites from that year.

We’d get up early to work on the trailer before the heat got too bad, and this was always a good start to the day – “Good morning America, how are you?”  Here’s Arlo Guthrie in a snazzy jacket, performing this song live in 1974.

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