Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome and Leave Your Boy So Far From Home

Some songs are obviously made for headphones. Anything by Pink Floyd. Some classical and jazz.

Paul Simon’s Kodachrome isn’t so obvious, but I just heard a different song from the one I’ve been listening to for lo these many years.

The piano solo at the end is obvious, but listen to it through the whole song. Subtle perfection. Those two chords, right there, in between the other stuff. No fuss. No la-di-da. Just those two chords, right there.

And all that drumming. Bits of this, splashes of that. Snap-a-dee-doo-dah.

Put on some noise canceling headphones (or some Skull Candy; just found out a friend’s brother is one of the founders) and find the other, secret, musician’s version of Simon’s tune.

Them Swampers, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, made all that noise. I’ll have to tell you some day why I always considered drum hero Roger Hawkins and piano great Barry Beckett were members of English jazz fusion oddities Traffic (headed by the unbelievable Steve Winwood, backed by the best drummer ever, ever, ever, the late Jim Capaldi.)

But that’s a different story.

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3 Responses to Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome and Leave Your Boy So Far From Home

  1. Karen J says:

    Don’chya know I’d go for the most $$ headphones on the front page- ?
    The2011 Roc Nation Aviator Brown Gold – onaconna I recently pitched a 30-year-old pair of falling-apart Koss’ that looked just like ‘em :)

    Can’t say I ever listened to music through headphones – couldn’t be ‘tied down’ that long – the stereo, sometimes on eleven, was just fine, thank you –
    but I do really like “Kodachrome”, and several other cuts on the “Rhymin’ Simon” album…

    Thanks for the delightful memory jogs!

    • spinhead says:

      I do my most intense listening while I’m writing or coding, so the wire doesn’t bother me. Speakers are more natural, but they need to be real good speakers, turned up a wee bit. Though I suspect my neighbors would have objected to my 400W Marantz turned up to 11.

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