Monday, October 12, 2009


Down here in Texas, everybody knows Christopher Cross.
“Ride Like the Wind” and ‘Sailing” were huge hits from his 1980 eponymous debut album, and together they brought Mr. Cross fame and fortune, earning him all of the "Big Four" Grammy Awards in one year, a feat that is yet to be equalled.
There were two #1's and three other songs that made the top 20 that year from that album.

He seemed to be everywhere all at once in the 80's.
After that it was hard to find anyone 'round these parts that didn’t have some connection to the ubiquitous Mr. Cross.
I know at least 10 people that have lived next door to him.
I know 20 people that lived in the same apartment complex.
I know at least 100 people that saw him regularly at the Piggly-Wiggly check out line.
Apparently, he attended 3 Major University's here in Texas, on no less than 11 campuses in the space of eight years.
I know a guy that studied with him Pre-Med and another guy who took his Bar Exam with Mr. Cross.
I knew a man whose father said he knew a man who was there the day Christopher Cross was born.

Hell, I played Badminton and drank lemonade with he and Lowell George at the Governors Mansion.


petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hey, hey, Steve! It's been a long while! You're looking good! :))

Anonymous said...

Up here everybody denies having ever had anything to do with Christopher Cross. He was the best man at my wedding, but if directly confronted with that fact I'll deny it.

Hey Steve!

UF Mike

Norma Ashley said...

Steve, I really got a thrill when I saw the Christopher Cross album cover. That was one of my all time favorite albums back when I was in my twenties. "Sailing" will always hold a special place in my heart. The best way I describe the feeling is by relating a scene from way back then. I was leaving my apartment (heading out for work) when my neighbor came by going back into hers. I said "hello" and she replied; "I was driving to work when "Sailing" came on the radio-I turned around and came back home. No way I'm going to work, I'm going to spend the day by the pool."

Thanks for reminding me!

bulletholes said...

"Its not far back to sanity":
Man, Norma, those are some of the saddest lyrics out there. Your comment made me realize that.

andre said...

Hi man, we should meet again: you, me and Cris...he's asking of you