So I get home after a challenging yet rewarding week of work, looking forward to relaxing the rest of this evening, when I was reminded by a conversation with my dear mother, that I have a post to write tonight. So this should be quick. Oh yeah, I got this from Big Al.
I have been using this month to write about last month’s trip to Amsterdam. This is the last such post. I enjoyed doing it but they were long to write and the pictures were long to load. But anyway, I am ending this series with one of my favorite spots in Amsterdam, Vondelpark . Voldelpark’s greatest feature is that it is free.
Vondelpark is a 120 acre of public green in Amsterdam-Zuid, close to Museumplein. It opened in 1865 under the name Nieuwe Park . However, a statue was put up shortly thereafter for Dutch playwright Joost van den Vondel and people started referring to the park by its current name. It currently is home to a few bar/restaurants, an open air theater, a rose garden, and bike paths.
Lot of dogs in the park and a lot of dogs off their leashes. And for the most part, the dogs seem to behave and follow. There were a number of old men walking the park with their small dog walking off the leash. This blew my mind. All my dogs were runners.
I did not know this, but apparently, in 2008, they were going to let adults be legally allowed to have sex in Vondelpark as long as they limit themselves to evening and night, don’t do it near a playground, and pick their trash when they were done. However, Amsterdam police stated that they were not going to tolerate this and so the people who believe in common sense and the folks who believe in public fornication are at an impasse. Either way, it is a win for those proud Dutch citizens who believe in fighting litter.
So back to my trip, I found myself many mornings, starting off in Vondelpark, trying to plan out my day on a park bench. I also brought an I-Pod with me with the songs from this month. I recorded about 3-4 songs per album and then proceeded to listen to them until I picked out the one I would post. They were particularly cold mornings, made even more so by the wind whipping the lake water by my favorite park bench.
It was during this when I was particularly struck by the tracks off this album. The Bo Diddley rhythm, for one reason or another seemed to really complement the park on an overcast chilly morning. “Travelling West”, in particular. Now that I think about it a bit, I recall during this song, the sun came up for a brief 5 minutes so this song was like a burst of joy.
This was Diddley’s fourth album and his second released in 1960. It seems to be pretty blues heavy. The album features “Road Runner” which was somewhat of a hit for Diddley. I believe that is Peggy Jones/ Lady Bo on rhythm guitar.
I am amazed to be reminded that Diddley opened for the Clash in 1979. If you are keeping score at home, that is to things I am amazed by in this post. I came across this clip where Diddley kind of talks smack about them. This is actually pretty cool. Joe’s not deaf, Bo. He’s dead like you.
Anyway, for samples, I went with “Story of Bo Diddley”. That is one of the things I liked about the guy; he put his own name in songs. Shameless self promoting. There is “Hey Bo Diddley”, “Bo Diddley is a Gun Slinger”, and 1978’s little known “Bo Diddley files a Form 4868 Tax Extension”. All joking aside, I also included “Travellin’ West”, since I mentioned it in my story earlier in the post.
Top Rated Record. Wow, it seems that this turned out longer than I thought. That’s the third thing that amazed me with this post.