Monday, May 28, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Souvenirs

Dan Fogelberg - Souvenirs.jpg
From Chapter 3: For me, the '70s were an extended Dan Fogelberg lovefest. I wore out several of his albums and saw him play Carnegie Hall. In particular, his 1974 album Souvenirs felt as if it been written just to me. That's why, when I needed a song to describe how Karen feels about her house, I turned to the title song

And here is the key to a house far away
Where I used to live as a child.
They tore down the building when I moved away
And left the key unreconciled.

Karen's family lives in a rented and run-down house. Her feelings for her home of many years veer between love and shame, but "Souvenirs" perfectly sums up what she knows will be its destiny.

Souvenirs was Fogelberg's second album. After its upbeat top 40 hit, "Part of the Plan," the rest of Side 1 had a dreamlike and thoughtful quality, tailor-made for a teen girl spending hours wondering what life is all about.

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