7/11/19 – Kansas “Carry On My Wayward Son”

A lot of good rock groups came out in the 70’s and 80’s, and one of the best first got famous in the early 70’s. They came out of…guess where? KANSAS! And they’ve put out 9 gold albums! Which means they’ve sold a ton of records! I had no idea the group was that prolific. Plus, Kansas has packed large arenas all over the country for a long time. I think they’re actually coming to DPAC this fall, in fact. I always liked them okay, but I don’t think I would have ever been classified as a huge fan. So I’m not exactly an expert on Kansas’ music (or the music of any other group, for that matter.)

There are 3 Kansas songs that stand out in my mind. At least they’re the ones that spring into my head when somebody mentions the band. There’s “Dust In The Wind,” which is kind of a sad song, and always just brings me down when I hear it. I mean—that’s a depressing song. There’s another one called “Point of No Return,” which is certainly more of a rocker. I’ve always liked that one. But my favorite Kansas tune is “Carry On Wayward Son.” (Until now, I always thought there was a “my” in the title.) It’s a Classic Rock staple, and gets played on radios all over the country on a regular basis, even now, 46 years after Kansas released it, on an album called “Leftoverture.” The song got as high as #11 on the Hot 100 in early 1977, and it was their first big hit in America. It’s also the only Kansas song ever to chart in the U.K. I read that some years later, it made #96 on VH1’s list of “the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.”

It’s a great rocker! And it’s one of those songs that—once it gets in your head—stays in your head for days. It’s been in my head all morning! Here it is! KANSAS. Now, carry on, my wayward son! Enjoy it!