This Friday is Nov. 11, 2011 (aka 11/11/11). Or, to put it another way, it’s Nigel Tufnel Day.
Enthusiasts of loud (if not necessarily critically acclaimed) music know all about Tufnel. He’s the fictional rocker from the semi-fictional band Spinal Tap who loves to turn his amps up to 11 when he needs that “extra push over the cliff.” What better time to celebrate and salute the man and his technique than on 11/11/11?
We first learned of the unofficial holiday through Facebook, where folks are preparing to honor the great guitarist. One fan writes, “Friday, in Honor if Nigel Tufnel Day and Veterans Day, I will be turning it up to 11 and rocking the Star-Spangled banner.” Web searches on the holiday are on the rise, jumping 20% over the past 24 hours.
Today is one of my favorite days of the year! The extra hour presses the “reset” button for a life lived at full throttle.
Wanted to share one of my favorite “Sunday” songs and the back-story. Kris Kristoffersen wrote this song and tried to give it to Johnny Cash in the studio where Kris was working as a janitor. Cash tossed it in the trash without even saying hello to Kris. At the time Kris was in the Tennessee Air National Guard flying helicopters. So out of frustration he took the song aboard a TANG chopper and flew it into Johnny Cash’s back yard refusing to leave until John listened to the song, Johnny finally agreed, the rest is history.
The weekend project in my oldest daughter’s 9th grade literature class is to find 10 songs that tell a story (narrative poem)… and then summarize ’em… very cool assignment.
Have a favorite song that tells a story? Here are five of mine:
5. Roy Orbison’s cover of “The Comedians” written by Elvis Costello
4. Pearl Jam’s cover of “Last Kiss” written by Wayne Cochran, Joe Carpenter, Randall Hoyal & Bobby McGlon
3. Johnny Cash’s cover of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” by Kris Kristofferson which also earned the Country Music Association Award for “Song of the Year” in 1970
2. Johnny Cash’s version of “A Boy Named Sue” written by Shel Silverstein (poet, cartoonist and author of children’s books)
1. Waylon Jennings 1977 song “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” written by Bobby Emmons & Chips Moman is pure outlaw country magic