Going In The Way Back Machine… Still Great And Still Pretty Damn Relevant – Tracy Chapman

Oh man, this one takes me back.  I so clearly remember when it came out and how much this album meant to me.

I was at the gym this morning… Yes, I am working out regularly… and “Fast Car” came on the radio… I was instantly transported back in time to the late ’80s… not a bad place to be.  Funny how much easier life was back then!

I know we laughed when our parents said that… or was life harder when they were kids???  World War 2 and all… Korea… Hmmm…

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

This one came out in 1988.  I love the story of how she was discovered playing as a student at Tufts University in MA… That was one of my choices…

From Wikipedia:  “During college, Chapman began busking in Harvard Square and playing guitar in Club Passim and within other coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought her to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman. Koppelman, who ran SBK Publishing, signed Chapman in 1986. After Chapman graduated from Tufts in 1987, he helped her to sign a contract with Elektra Records.”

This album could easily be the soundtrack to the Occupy movement… Seriously… and you know I’m “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution”!  Which means that things have not really changed much… and that is kind of sad.

Every song on this will record will have you going “Oh yeah, I remember that one… and that one… AND that one!”  Great stuff.  She has continued to put out an album every two or three years, though her last one was in 2008, so she is due!

“Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was raised by her mother, who recognized Tracy’s love of music and, despite not having much money, bought her a ukulele when she was just three.  Chapman began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eight.  She says that she may have been first inspired to play the guitar by the television show Hee Haw.”

So thanks to a supportive single Mom and Hee Haw we get some wonderful music!!!

Let’s dedicate it to Richard Zanuck, the super producer who passed away today.  He was movie biz royalty, but clearly put his own stamp on Hollywood with movies like Jaws, Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy.  Remember how HUGE Jaws was???  Literally, too… that was one big-ass shark!  And yes, I was scared to go in the water for a while after that movie.  He helped put Spielberg on the map with that film and Spielberg’s second film, The Sugarland Express!

77 is still way too young… Way too young… So produce some movies on the big, big screen… We could all use some good entertainment.. All the way around!



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2 responses to “Going In The Way Back Machine… Still Great And Still Pretty Damn Relevant – Tracy Chapman

  1. Tracy Chapman is a true folk artist that holds a spot in folk continuum all the way back to Guthrie. Thanks for the memory ’cause I think she’s important.

  2. EA Press

    Compare LP album cover and back cover art of this record (1988) with Joan Armatrading’s cover and back cover of SHOW SOME EMOTION (1977) to see the true lineage (visually stated) of this fantastic artist. -EAP

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