Love, Devotion and Surrender vs. Dominance and Submission
I made this week’s Long Song Tuesday selection while I was thinking about Quadrophenia. I sometimes wonder how one person can like music genres that are so different. For example, in the early 1970’s I loved the collaboration of Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin on the Love, Devotion, and Surrender album. This album was a tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane as well as Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher for both men. Let’s listen to a A Love Supreme, our long song selection for this week, and then we will continue our talk.
At the same time that I was listening to this challenging, improvisational, jazz flavored music I was a huge fan boy for Blue Oyster Cult (BOC). It’s embarrassing to admit it but I sent the group a fan letter, including a drawing of their logo, and received a nice computer printout of their rather bizarre lyrics in return. As strange as it sounds, I found myself bouncing between the BOC Secret Treaties album and Love, Devotion and Surrender. Take a minute and listen to Dominance and Submission from Secret Treaties and you will get a feeling for what a strange mix tape these two sets of music made.
So what can I say, Jimmy and I have a lot in common 🙂
I have two bonuses for you today. First, here is the complete Love, Devotion, and Surrender album. It’s challenging but if you listen I think you will agree it was well worth your time.
The second bonus is a full BOC concert from Largo, Maryland in December 1976. I saw them in 1976, on this same tour, in Hollywood, Florida during Spring Break. It was an amazing show. Watching this recording is a poor substitute for seeing them live but I think you might find it to be entertaining.
As always, let me know what you think