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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by uriah1, Jun 16, 2021.
After all these years I have to admit that I don't have any idea what the title
meant or referred to. Can somebody educate/enlighten me?
Great album. I just gave my LP away, along with a few others that I'm going to regret.
The title refers to an inscription written by diminutive American actor Michael J. Pollard in Jim Capaldi's notebook while they were both in Morocco. Capaldi and Pollard were planning to work on a movie that was never filmed. Capaldi said:
Pollard and I would sit around writing lyrics all day, talking about Bob Dylan and the Band, thinking up ridiculous plots for the movie. Before I left Morocco, Pollard wrote in my book 'The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys'. For me, it summed him up. He had this tremendous rebel attitude. He walked around in his cowboy boots, his leather jacket. At the time he was a heavy little dude. It seemed to sum up all the people of that generation who were just rebels. The 'Low Spark', for me, was the spirit, high-spirited. You know, standing on a street corner. The low rider. The 'Low Spark' meaning that strong undercurrent at the street level.
Was lucky enough to see Traffic once albeit in the 90's . I will always enjoy picking John Barleycorn Must Die .
Thanks, acoustic bob!
Now I know.
I had no idea of the connection between actor Michael J. Pollard and Jim Capaldi, either.
I enjoyed Pollard in the movie Bonnie and Clyde. The main thing I recall about Low Spark was that
the FM station where I was living at the time played it quite a lot. The LP jacket was
unusually shaped, as I recall. Thanks again!
one of my favorite albums , but I only wore out 3 of them, LOL
RLJ has a cool version of this too
Great music. I played the CD the other day too. And I still have the LP from back when.
Steve Winwood is one of those guys that on some sort of "eternal" scorecard is one of the 100 best musicians we've ever been blessed to hear. He's never had the spotlight to himself, but somehow has amassed an amazing body of work.
*quick radio rant:
I miss the days ( not so long ago, even in 2000's) when Classic Rock stations ( pre I-♡ Radio, Big 100 BS)
were still playing songs like this, the playlists still had plenty of depth.
Just from Traffic, we'd hear regularly:
Low Spark, Freedom Rider, Glad, Dear Mr.Fantasy, John Barleycorn, Gone Gone, Gone ...
So sad what has happened to great Rock radio
wait there's still radio?
Sorry, I am, was, a huge radio nut as far back as a little kid in the 1960's ( a good friend to an always traveling US Gov't Brat)
And this thread and that Traffic song was just a trigger to remind me of all the fantastic Classic Rock, no longer on the radio...thousands of songs
Yeah, sure, I was too; I would even call in for contests now and then or to compliment a particularly neat segue. But your post reminded me that I haven't listened to the radio for at least a couple years.
Capaldi’s explanation was code for heroin addiction and dealing.
Love that song. It’s a study in patience. The rhythm section is perfect.
Regular radio killed itself by playing an endless stream of 3 Boston songs, 3 Skynyrd songs, 2 Bad Company songs, a dozen pointless Tom Petty songs, and an every-4-hours serving of "Black Dog" by Zeppelin. Come on man, really? There was SO MUCH material to draw from! "Deep" cuts from REO live albums would have been better that just serving up the same crap time after time.
I switched to satellite radio a decade ago and I've never looked back. And even THEY are flirting with the same mistakes, but at least I have a lot of channels to choose from.
You forgot U2, Journey, the Doors, Heart, Billy Squier, Bob Seger, Supertramp, and Huey Lewis! That's all I heard all day long every day at work on FM radio all through the 80s and 90s
Winwood's mixture of folk, blues, rock, R&B, jazz, pop, blue eyed soul, and world music all mixed together is such an original and infectious combination that it's hard to find anyone else that compares to him
Get The Last Traffic Jam, a CD and DVD set of the last tour they did before Capaldi died. It's a treasure!