In August 91, my last year of grad school, I moved into an apartment with my friend Greg. It was a bit of an unconventional situation: Greg was married, and his wife Katie was moving to College Park, MD, to pursue a doctorate in applied math at the university there. He was a couple of years out from finishing his own degree in EE, so they decided to live apart until he got done. Greg and I had become close friends over the previous 18 months due largely to our mutual interests in bridge and music, and I was the obvious choice for a roommate, at least for that first year.
Early on, Greg suggested we share a “Song of the Day” with one another each evening. While we certainly didn’t follow through on it every day, it was a great way to expand each other’s musical horizons. I suspect this ritual had an influence on the direction my tastes evolved in subsequent years.
In that spirit, occasionally, maybe even somewhat regularly, I’ll post a Song of the Day here. Since there’s usually a tune spinning around in my noggin, I likely won’t lack for material!
While I don’t remember if this was ever officially one of Greg’s choices, I know he introduced it to me. I purchased Pop Beloved by the Reivers around this time and when Greg heard their version of “Katie,” he no doubt soon afterward popped the original, by the Vulgar Boatmen, into the CD player for me to hear.