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(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Are You Going With Me?” (1981)

This song has become The Anthem at live shows.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Barcarole” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Barcarole” (1981)

I had a guitar player friend who, when the topic of Pat Metheny came up, would say that he bought a copy of Offramp when it first came out, but didn’t like it all that much because he could never figure out when Metheny was playing the guitar.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

The problem with the wide range and ubiquity of our networks is that we’re aware so much of society’s goings on…maybe too much.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

“Estupenda Graca” is a rare entry in the Metheny catalog in that the title, Portuguese for “Stupendous Grace,” actually matches the mood of the song.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “It’s For You” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “It’s For You” (1981)

While I do tend to think of music in terms of albums, there are certain songs that for a variety of reasons get pulled away from their original context.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “September Fifteenth” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “September Fifteenth” (1981)

In interviews, I’ve seen Lyle Mays speak of how music has it’s own “language and syntax.” He wasn’t necessarily talking about music’s technicalities — harmony, melody, and the like.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

Unlike a lot of American kids, I was not forced into taking piano lessons. I was more of a stringed instruments guy, first with the violin and then the guitar.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

I don’t know about the rest of the Pat Metheny fan base, but I was pretty much unprepared for what As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls had to offer.

Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ‘em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ‘em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

They’re objects of music chart intrigue: those left field hits, songs that aren’t really typical of the bands who recorded them and become hits, anyway.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Goin’ Ahead” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Goin’ Ahead” (1980)

80/81 concludes with Pat bringing it all together with acoustic guitars. For all of the different aspects of jazz (and “jazz folk”) on display on this record, there’s something about Metheny’s final song that really does feel like a true, integrated conclusion. Certainly all of these years of listening have imparted some of that feel, but it seemed this wayRead More