It’s one of those kinds of day where it’s hard to take anything serious. My emails have been stupid, my phone calls have been stupid and, well, everything has just been stupid. I figured then that I should round out the day with something equally stupid from my collection of Cornball albums, such as this ‘Night Rider!‘ album by Tim Weisberg.
Everyone has a few albums in their collection that they’re not necessarily proud of and this happens to be one of mine. In fact, the only redeeming feature about it is that the cover the depicts an old school cyclist in a Europa cycling cap and pedaling in rat traps and, yeah, when I saw it for a nickel a few months ago I thought to myself, “Huh. How bad could it really be?”
As it turns out, pretty fucking bad.
I knew nothing previously about Tim Weisberg when I forked over the ¢5 other than he can ride a bike and is apparently too stupid to wear a helmet.
So a little Googling was definitely in order.
Tim Weisberg (born 1943 in Hollywood, California) is an American jazz/rock fusion flautist, composer, producer, and vocalist. In high school, at his first music class, because his last name was at the end of the alphabet, he was last to pick an instrument. All that was left was the flute and the bassoon. He picked the flute because it was easier to carry, and because the flute section was all girls.
Okay, so credit where it’s due of course.
Sadly though, the album has nothing to do with a talking car, or a young David Hasselhoff.
Despite being a total piece of shit, I am choosing to believe that it’s some sort of theme album, where even without any vocals, the imagery is painted by deft instrumental work of flute and synthesizers. The listener then is figuratively carried along hard peddling uphill highway biking, down country roads and across various intonations of melancholy, determination and thoughtful introspection.
Okay, not really. It’s really crap.
It is worth noting however that the drummer on the album is named Rick Jaeger.