Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”

When: 8 December 2004
Where: DBTI Main Quad
Who: The entire faculty and student body
Weather: Overcast, about to rain

My history teacher with his own radio set was a force to be reckoned with. This was Marian Day, a massive tournament of games and sports across every grade and major. I was in the chess tournament, but lost to my good frenemy (and Barnhart chessmaster) Matt Kook. Also, we fired a cannon that the school designed and built itself.

I was starting to get tired, but as I walked across the way Ortiz was playing this on a giant speaker and it really got me going again.

Next time: The cold and the dark and Jimmy Eat World

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Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”

When: 18 September 2000
Where: Bob Buente’s car
Who: Elizabeth and her father
Weather: Hot, dry

Usually during Hebrew school, my mother would drop us off and Elizabeth’s mother or father would pick us up. This led to some interesting conversations such as this:

Them: “Are you going to the read-a-thon?”
Me: “Nah, that thing is for losers.”
Them: “Are you calling my daughter a loser?”

I attended the read-a-thon that Friday.

The following week there we were, riding in the car on the way back home. Bob was listening to NPR when an announcement came out that it was the thirtieth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. I hadn’t heard of him, but I had heard of The Purple Cloud, the sci fi novel that apparently inspired “Purple Haze,” and a book of which I’d read a segment at the read-a-thon. Then they played the song, which was unusual because KPCC was not an NPR music station. It was very Jungian.

Next: Synchronicity strikes again through the power of the Barenaked Ladies.