Well, it's no surprise that the song I would play for AMERICA: my number 71 favorite group would be SANDMAN. This song has reverberated in my consciousness for four decades plus now....it's a melancholly, brooding, "looking-back-over-memory-lane" sad song...and I've always loved it. AMERICA is a group that at one time was in my TOP TEN favorite bands...probably at about the time you and I saw them live at the Fort Wayne War-Memorial Coliseum in the Spring of '75 (I'm thinking....was that when it was? And, who was their opening band/act? I can't remember). Heck! Just for their awesome string of AM hits they deserve mega accolades: Tin Man, Ventura Highway, Horse With No Name, Lonely People, heck, even their version of Muskrat Love :D....
Because of youthful love lost, I have a hard time even listening to their song Sister Goldenhair...which is a stunningly beautiful and well crafted pop gem.
But's it SANDMAN, baby.... the stark strumming guitar that opens the tune...the chord change at the 15/16 second mark...the tremolo that reverbs at the 26 second point...the chorus.... WOA!
"Ain't the years gone by fast?" The poignancy and sense of loss in those lyrics hits like a bag of wet cement.
"I suppose you have missed them" And therein lies the human condition of change, and loss, and regret.
Drink all the beer you can while there's time...cause the Sandman is coming....damn it.