Photos by Nick Tomecek
Firstly, the horse behind me in this photo is not dead.
I tried to sneak a picture with him, because he resembled the winged horse on the cover of The Steve Miller Band’s “Book of Dreams,” but the flawless white coloring was the only thing the two had in common. The gorgeous horse at The Equestrian Center in Fort Walton Beach was a tad tuckered out, with no flying on that day’s agenda.
With its cosmic cover art, The Steve Miller Band’s 10th studio album suggests a spacey record outside the realm of classic rock. Although it does flaunt synth transitions and a borderline lengthy intro called “Threshold” that vaguely reminds me of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” soundtrack, you still hear classic rock, blues rock and Beatles-style harmonies.
I rock my hips to the upbeat, traditional rock songs on the record, “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love.” I surprised myself, however, truly finding pleasure in songs like “Sacrifice,” which intertwine the likes of folk rock with progressive.
“True Fine Love” is my favorite track, solely because Steve Miller flirts with lyrics like “pretty baby” and “walking in the moonlight.”
I ain’t complainin’
But I’d sure like to find me
A true, fine love
No title would’ve done this record justice. Riding the riffs of this album is indeed a lot like riding a flying horse through your own book of dreams.
For every set of dreamy twinkles was a melodic blues-guitar riff that swayed me in more ways than one.
Bandana – American Eagle Outfitters
Necklace – Target
T-shirt – Courtesy of William McGinnis
Shorts – Mossimo Denim, Target
Socks – Southwest Indian Foundation
Shoes – Vintage Timberland, courtesy of my grandmother Beverly Arnold – Rest in peace.
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.