A song sung by ‘Love’ was used in the acid trip in the movie ‘Taking Woodstock’. Love’s lead guitarist, Byran McClean was my good friend, and sang at my wedding held at a Topanga Canyon church. Mary Ann Tharaldson ‘Son of Thor’ is wearing a white dress designed by Marilyn Reed who was my girlfriend in highschool. This is Marilyn’s ‘Train Line’ inspired by the poster of the movie ‘Leave Her To Heavan’ starring Gene Tierney.
Christine Rosamond met my wife at our small wedding reception held at my brother’s home. Christine was married to the Emmy winner, Rick Partlow. When we got back to Oakland, my friends threw a bIg party for us. My friend, Peter Shapiro, of ‘The Loading Zone’ played music with our friend, Tim O’Connor’ whose songs appear in the movie, ‘Dead Calm’.
Marilyn was a good friend of the jazz artist, Les McCann, and is married to the jazz drummer, Kenny Reed. When you add to the mix, Richard and Mimi Farena, Thomas Pynchon, the Zorthian and Benton artists, what you have is an ongoing Woodstock, a gathering of hip and Bohemian souls who have been severely persecuted because we dare tried to change the status quo.
As my loving generation of creative souls nears the end of their lives, it is time we wing home. When I first heard Mimi’s voice singing the Swallow Song I was visiting Dagmar who lived in the stoner house on Telegraph, across the street from Country Joe of the Fish who partied with us. There was so much poetry in this song and I felt so reassured the world would be a better place because of it. It was my anthem then, and the anthem I hear now, as we return to Woodstock.
Tim and Bryan were Christine’s lovers.
Play both videos at the same time.
Yeah, I heard a funny thing
Somebody said to me
You know that I could be in love with almost everyone
I think that people are
The greatest fun
And I will be alone again tonight my dear
“Alone Again Or” is a song originally recorded in 1967 by rock group Love, written by band member Bryan MacLean. It was the opening track on the album Forever Changes, and was also released as a single in the USA, UK, Australia, France and Holland.
Versions have subsequently been recorded by an eclectic variety of bands and singers including The Damned (1986), The Oblivians (1993), UFO (1977), Sarah Brightman (1990), The Boo Radleys (1991), Chris Pérez Band (1999), Calexico (2004), Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (2006), Les Fradkin (2007). Two demo versions by MacLean himself were released in 1997 on his album Ifyoubelievein.