Here's a quick one.
I've had a lot of free time with the kids lately. By this point in the proceedings, my little ones are used to being trooped around the city and asked to pose inexplicably in front of seemingly incidental landmarks (usually music-related). They're incredibly good sports about it. In any case, while we were traipsing around Central Park earlier this week (in the sweltering heat), I was struck by another locale. I raised my camera (well, my iPhone) accordingly. Here's the story.
I discussed Tom Verlaine's Dreamtime album in greater depth back on this ancient post from 2006. It became a big favorite of mine after first hearing my friend Warwick play "Always" on our college radio station, Denison University's WDUB 91.1 FM in Granville, Ohio. As I said back on that earlier post, it bore all the signature trappings of Verlaine's work with Television, but had a bit more propulsive kick to it.
In any case, the back cover of Dreamtime features a striking shot of midtown Manhattan from a vespetine vantage point inside the rambling wilds of Central Park. Being a native New Yorker myself, Verlaine's decision to adorn the record with such a suitably dreamy depiction of my hometown only made me love the record all the more. Here's that back cover....
Well, on Monday afternoon, after an obligatory visit to Central Park's carousel (itself a storied landmark, cited in touchstones like J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner," to name but two), my kids and I strolled east. Just before the bridge over The Pond (just to the the southwest of the Central Park Zoo), I looked up and there it was (more or less).
33 years after the release of Dreamtime, here are my kids in (more or less) the same spot.
And for the sake of posterity, here's "Always"...