For whatever various reasons she had, one of my mother’s favorite artists (well not maybe artists, but at least albums that she played to the point of me listening, memorizing and loving [in that order!]) was Christopher Cross. Though there is no real evidence to back me up, I’m pretty sure that that is how my brother got his first name. But that’s not the point. The point, really, is that I did honestly spend a lot of my time with my mother while I was growing up–a lot more than my brothers did (which honestly is a bit from both columns a & b) so the good things resonate a lot better with me than they do with them. One of those good things, naturally, (because of the way that this post started, and if you didn’t get that than you probably don’t deserve to read cofabg) is the music she listened to. Now, to be truthful, she listed to a lot of Isley Brothers, Jimi, Fleetwood, Doobie Brothers (personal favorite of hers), and others, my favorite song that she played was "Ride like the Wind" by Christopher Cross. There may be a lot of reasons for this. It could be that I always found the criminal lifestyle (evidenced by the fact that I loved "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, I loved "Donnie Brasco" and I loved "The Godfather" and "The Fourth K" (notice how they are all books, I didn’t watch movies really until Kriss and Griz to be honest) interesting and something that while I didn’t really agree with, I understood (HAW HAW HAW). Ride like the Wind has all those aspects. Well, if you close listen to it. Its a great song, regardless of the lyrics, because of the way that all the music comes together, but when you listen to the song, it changes a bit. The song is sorta bittersweet. The guy obviously (or else he wouldn’t write a song) has ties in the US of A, but has to get to Mexico in order to outrun whatever he did. Personally, I think this song could take place back in the cowboy days, and he had to kill a sheriff for accosting his wife, in which case I fully support it. Or it could be that he was running drugs, which I’m mostly against. I don’t know. I just know that whenever I hear this song I think of my mother and get chills. Sorta. I guess. Anyhoo, I’m pretty sure the next post will be a lot more awesome. But download "Ride like the Wind" by Christopher Cross and "Minute by Minute" by the Doobie Brothers. Great songs. Also: If you play either while I’m around, I might forget you are there and just sit there in my own little world for a while. Just a heads up.