This week’s 6 of the Best comes from, Patrick Everson, senior writer at Covers.com.
In the latest edition we see an American twist regarding a favourite holiday, a love of one particular NFL franchise and which album saw every song tell “an incredible story”.
Christmas, for certain. It never goes out of style. Midnight Mass, at which my daughter always has a solo with the choir, and my son often partakes on French horn. A tremendous proud parents moment, even with our kids now in their 20s. That service is miles away from the day-to-day grind of work, which is as it should be on Christmas.
Best Sporting Experience
Denver Broncos games back in the 1980s-90s, in the old Mile High Stadium, which shook so much, you thought it would crumble to the ground. Best experience of all was the AFC Championship Game in the 1989-90 season. I was 20 rows up in the north end zone and saw an incredible 70-yard touchdown pass going the other direction to the south end zone. John Elway was a beast!
The Joshua Tree, U2. This was the seminal album of my formative teenage years. It was released in the spring of my senior year of high school, 1987. Every song told an incredible story. In the fall of 1987, my freshman year of college, I even wrote a term paper on the song, “Running To Stand Still.” Got an A on that paper, of course.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. No question. Not only a great storyline, but an incredible soundtrack. I was a huge New Wave guy back then, and in fact I still am today. The artists on that soundtrack were and still are in my regular music rotation: Sigue Sigue Sputnik, The Dream Academy, General Public, English Beat, Yello, Big Audio Dynamite and more. Unbelievable!
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. Written in the 1960s by Hinton, when she was in high school, it still resonates today. Anybody who’s gone through the cliques of teenage years — which is pretty much everybody — can relate to this incredible story. The movie, which came out in the 1980s, was really good, too. But you’ve got to read the book.
Every year, whether my beloved Denver Broncos deserve it or not, I bet them in the futures book to win the Super Bowl. I got paid in back-to-back years, in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, then again in the 2015-16 season. The best one, of course, was the first one. John Elway, in the twilight of his career, getting helicoptered as he dove for a first down that two plays later gave Denver a critical touchdown, late in the third quarter. Signature play of a signature career, and the Broncos went on to beat the Packers, 31-24.