30 years ago, I was a senior at UC Santa Cruz, which was made up of eight (now ten) residential colleges. Alongside the dorms and/or apartments, each residential college had academic buildings. On Friday or Saturday nights, occasionally staff would forget to lock up the academic buildings. Students would find out, spread the word, bring blankets and sleeping bags, and spend the night.
Those were some of the best times we had. It was spontaneous, and you never knew which mix of kids would participate. Thus, the conversations were often unusual and interesting.
And yes, someone could bring a boombox, tapes and CDs, and we'd have music. During the Fall 1992 quarter, one of my college neighbors had the new Lucinda Williams CD, Sweet Old World. Even via boombox, its sound seem to crystallize and come into focus. Later, she'd bring it over to my apartment. I had a Sony ES CD player; Adcom GTP-400 and GFA-535 amplification; and Pinnacle PN-5+ minimonitors.
Yup, via that college stereo, my housemates and guests were stunned by the clarity of Williams' Sweet Old World, despite the often tragic subject matter. It kicked off with "Six Blocks Away," another tale of unrequited love. If you listen to it now, it still feels fresh, not 30 years-old.
-Lummy The Loch Monster
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Topic - Lucinda Williams, "Six Blocks Away" - Luminator 20:55:42 09/21/22 (0)