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Fall Leaves Are Smiling What?!

The title could be about the first frost of the season and Autumn leaves starting to turn OR this title could be the opening stanza of the second verse from one of my favorite songs by that old Psychedelic Rock band Jefferson Airplane called “If You Feel”?

That would be a strong “Yes” from the mid-sixties album Surrealistic Pillow that debuted in 1967 with hits like “Love Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”. With lots of exposure on popular television shows like “The Smothers Brothers” the album sales skyrocketed. Of course it didn’t hurt that that had a great heavy guitar rock sound and a beautiful lead singer named Grace Slick (her real name!) – Wow! When I got to LSU I learned that there were other better songs on that same album that I hadn’t heard on our ole KEEL Radio here in Shreveport, La. In fact KEEL had played “Somebody to Love” over and over so much that I was kinda numb to it. But when I heard other songs like “Coming Back to Me” or “Today” I really started liking the band. ‘The Airplane’ with their psychedelic free-form rock style were very popular at the Monterrey and Woodstock Rock Festivals and even returned a musical slam dunk with another smash hit album called “Crown of Creation”. That album with great songs like “Lather” and “If You Feel” which has our title in its second verse and, of course, the titled song “Crown of Creation” were all you heard booming out of dorm speakers as you walked back and forth to class – Ah, good study music I guess.



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