I may be the only person under the age of 72 who would list Matlock as the TV show that really jumps out as “memorable” but that’s my show. Also, seeing as how there are literally no Matlock clips on Youtube I really must be the only one. Well, I did find a vid of the opening theme.
I was not alone though, my sister watched every episode with me. You see, in 1994 my family had to move for the first time. We relocated to a suburb of New York. The depression this move caused was evident in that my sister and I would watch copious amount of reruns on television. It started with MacGuyver, and yeah, that’s where most future hipsters drew the line, but soon we got hooked on the show that aired right after MacGuyver, yes, Matlock at 4pm.
The main thing I remember was that Matlock charged a flat rate of $100,000 if you hired him as your lawyer. At the age of 13 I translated all financial matters into Matlock money. “Dad, how much did our station wagon cost?,” “$10,000?,” internal voice: “Oh my God, Matlock could buy TEN station wagons after just one case!”
Demian was given to me by my friend Quentin after I told him I should probably learn to read again having not read a book for years around the age of 20. He tossed it on my bed and I hung onto it for about 4 years before I picked it up and finally read it. It made my brain explode. I did not know books could do that to a person. It’s one thing to write a philosophy but it’s another thing to write a story that injects your brain with that philosophy without you knowing it. My hat’s off to you, Hermann.
I feel a little strange naming a “Best of” album as my album choice but I figured I should stick with the truth. This is the album that I owned and while it says “Best of ” it’s really just a 21 song compilation of concert performances. It plays like one long acoustic show on your grandpa’s front porch.
This album jumps out at me because during one summer, maybe 2006, I needed some extra income and my parents hired me to put wood stain on an endless pile of paneling that they would use for their attic. The sun was scorching hot, I had a boom box and one CD. The Best of Mississippi John Hurt. The CD player would just go back to track one when the album was done and play all over again and again. Mississippi John Hurt playing all day everyday. It never got old. Something about John Hurt’s music reminds me of a 200 year old Sea Turtle. Give it a listen, maybe you’ll agree.
Josh Siegel is a member of the Chicago band Bailiff who are prepping for their U.S. tour in support of their debut LP Red Balloon.