I drift back to the time when we listened perpetually to FM radio, in particular Metromedia affiliate WNEW-FM 102.7 out of New York City. The year was 1973, Rosemary and I were newly married and living in an apartment in South Norwalk, Ct. We were very in league with the NEW-FM disk jockeys such as Dave Herman in the morning and Scott Muni (Scottso) in the afternoon. It was Dave Herman who turned us on to Garland Jeffreys and his anthem-like song, “Wild in the Streets”. Garland’s 45 r.p.m record got a lot of airplay on the station that year, deservedly so 😉
Rolling ahead to 1977, Garland Jeffreys recorded and released Ghost Writer on A&M Records. I used to go on record buying binges to J&R Music World and other record haunts throughout NY City, sometimes buying 10-12 albums at a clip. I recall purchasing Ghost Writer in the Village and playing it extensively on my Sunday morning radio show on WVOF-FM 88.5 at Fairfield University. I would lean strongly on “35 Millimeter Dreams”, “Lift Me Up” and “Why-O” in my playlists. I was just going through my vinyl collection recently, thinking the next time I see Garland Jeffreys I’ll ask him to sign Ghost Writer for me so I can frame it for my home office 😉
Rolling forward to October 9, 2010, we saw Garland Jeffreys perform live as part of Happy Birthday John, An Informal Celebration of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday in NY City. Here is the video clip of his poetic reading of “Help”, which was very moving to witness.
I was very honored to have a chance to talk to Garland Jeffreys on the steps of the Society for Ethical Culture before the show and again after the concert at the after party at Gibson Studios. I loved his sincerity and the sense of excitement I felt about his career revival.
I’m making a solemn pledge to spend quality listening time with Garland’s music and his official video channel on YouTube. I want to become more in harmony with Garland’s music in anticipation of his new recording (which is in production). He’s stepping up his touring schedule as a result and we hope to catch him live again real soon. 🙂
Garland’s discography is courtesy of Wikipedia.
- 1969: Grinder’s Switch Featuring Garland Jeffreys
- 1973: Garland Jeffreys
- 1977: Ghost Writer
- 1978: One Eyed Jack
- 1979: American Boy & Girl
- 1980: Escape Artist
- 1982: Rock ‘n’ Roll Adult
- 1983: Guts for Love
- 1992: Don’t Call Me Buckwheat
- 1992: Matador & More…
- 1997: Wildlife Dictionary (only released in Europe)
- 2007: I’m Alive (only released in Europe)