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Marty Balin

Marty-BalinWow...that was a punch to the gut that I didn't see coming.

Transitioning on to the next dimension a couple days before Otis Rush, I either wasn't paying attention or his passing wasn't more universally noted (I hope it was the former).

Marty Balin was a co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane and returned after a few years away to be an integral part of the early days of Jefferson Starship. People often speak of Grace Slick's vocals...but, more often than not, it was Marty's harmonies that made Jefferson Air/Ship songs soar.

On this sad Music Friday, we offer a rarity...and my favorite Marty composition.

First, the rare. In the mid-80s, disillusioned with the Starship, Marty reconnected with fellow Airplane bandmates Paul Kantner and Jack Cassidy to form KBC. We featured them once before.

But, then there is "Miracles."

I love it for two reasons. One, it's a beautiful love song. Marty's vocals are sublime.

And second, because it's a song that celebrates oral sex...and the FCC never figured that out.

I got a taste of the real world
When I went down on you.

Hey Marty, thanks for the aural sex...and the conspiratorial smiles.

Bill Geist

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