John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Found myself weirdly wondering what song I had heard the most times in my life.

Fittingly, it’s a weirdly wonderful song. One I still fail to understand and have never been very interested in figuring out. I just enjoy listening to the bluesy moody jazzy melody. And seem never to tire of it.

“The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” by Traffic.

The song sustained me many nights, days and afternoons from my teens into my late 20s–when I finally got to see the band live in Tamarac, FL in 1992.

It was a small intimate theater in the retirement community of Tamarac, FL and the average audience age was about 40.

But if I had to pick out my favorite concert moment, it would be when Traffic played Low Spark. That moment, for me, just barely beat out the time I saw Steely Dan live (also in the early 90s in FL) play Aja. Which was a close second place for the song I’ve listened to the most times. And, again, a song I have no interest in understanding. I just enjoy the bluesy, moody, jazzy….

Maybe there really is no accounting for taste…


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