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Zen Tracks [20] Iron Butterfly: In – A – Gadda – Da – Vida

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Zen Vision MIn-A-Gadda-Da-VidaIron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
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I know I’ll never completely harvest the territory cultivated on my Zen Vision:M in these notes, already collecting enough to stretch out for over nine years even if I were to speed up to doing one a day instead of the one-a-week pace I’ve kept so far this year. But if these notes will then at best serve up a representative sample, let’s make sure we include one that too many “classic” rock stations ban. There may be portions of my Zen that sometimes get so badly neglected that I forget they’re even there and eventually wind up synching over one or more duplicates; but 40 years after its album release, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida gets aired here several times a year.

Growing up in a household that would just as soon trash the likes of We Shall Overcome, much less allow anything resembling rock be aired anywhere within earshot, my first exposure to In-A-Gadda came the autumn after the classic’s release, when one of our high school marching band’s drummers jokingly played the song’s drum solo during a prep march over to the practice field during band camp, whereupon our semi-enlightened band leader approved of the spirit it gave to our step, so designated the segment as our official interim marching cadence, even for formal presentations. As rockingly “non-Sousa” as I think that solo to be – “tribal,” one description characterizes it – to this day I’ve still never heard a better cadence for any marching band.

That same strict household environment meant that the only dances I ever made it to during my high school years were the few encountered on band exchanges, such as the one where our southeast Pennsylvania high school’s band visited with a northern Virginia band. Which was where I finally heard the music that went with that drum solo: every local band that played every local dance for every high school of 1968-1969 was pretty much required to cover Iron Butterfly. With sufficient warning so that one could be dancing with one’s favorite partner when that organ run kicked off the next quater hour or more. Not that I myself ever danced when I had the occasion: wasn’t interested.

But no, I don’t currently have the songs on the flip side of the album on my Zen. Sorry, Iron Butterfly, but does anyone?

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Written by macheide

14 June 2008 at 6:12 am

Posted in vision:m


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