Wednesday, July 16, 2014


One of the things we all began doing together (once the weather started getting better) was hanging out on the porch in the evenings, watching the sun go down, listening to music. We installed a green light-bulb above the front porch, to match the green of the house itself. We started listening to the radio a little more these days, mostly the Rock station KISW, and we began hearing some newer things that sounded interesting.
One band we began hearing for the first time was a heavy, hard-hitting band by the name of AC/DC. At the time, I had no idea that the name was an electrical-voltage reference, so I used to wonder what it meant, or if the letters stood for something. Dad got one of their albums at the Music Exchange, featuring a nutty-looking guy on the front cover, playing a broken guitar with his tongue hanging out. We began playing this one around the house, especially with company over, and it was great!
A new one had just come out, and we liked the title track from it, but I swore they were singing "Dirty Jeans, Done Dirt Cheap", as if it were some sort of laundromat jingle. Regardless of mishearing the title, the song was pretty cool, and I liked it.
One slightly confusing thing about the band (for me) at that point was that they seemed to have a new singer. I didn't know anything about the band, or any facts about them having recently lost frontman Bon Scott, so when I began hearing the title track from their newest album, I liked it, but I wasn't sure who I was hearing!
Many years down the road, Dad began hearing cuts from the Back In Black album at one of the bars he would have a few beers after work at, which renewed interest in them. He started buying some of the albums on CD, and we became major fans of the band. We went and saw them at the Tacoma Dome in April of 2001, which was an amazing show, and one of my top favorite concerts that I've been to. Geoffrey's heard a number of their songs, and we'll occasionally hear him singing something from "T.N.T." or "It's A Long Way To The top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)".