Last week, I went back home to Pennsylvania. My folks and I have always had similar taste in music for the most part, so I never have to worry when I'm there. It had been a while since my last visit, so my old man and I spent a couple nights drinking too much beer and listening to records.
But he did something this time around that I realized I hadn't done myself in months: He put records on...and listened to the entire thing!
I mean, we listened to entire Hank Williams collections, Mark Pickerel's Cody's Dream, Kristofferson's Silver Tongued Devil & I, a bootleg of Neil Young's October 2007 show in Seattle, and even the entirety of Neil Young's cut-and-paste masterpiece Arc.
Following an album from beginning to end was so much fun that I made a pact with myself to set aside at least one night each week to do this (started last night with Archie Shepp's Attica Blues, in fact!)
So, I gotta ask...when's the last time any of you listened to an album the whole way through? Or am I in the minority here?