This album, or should I say the 8 track, was the soundtrack to many a school bus trip to play football in Central Texas. Book of Dreams was released in May 1977, and was Steve Miller’s 10th album. We played this album constantly on football away game trips during the fall of 1977.
I can remember singing along to this album as we wound our way through the back farm roads of Central Texas to play a town that had to shoo the cows off their football field before we could play.
At the time I was playing football for Killeen High School JV and our adversaries were much smaller towns (back in 1977) than Killeen was. Towns like Leander, Copperas Cove and Lampasas were all 30-60 minutes drives away. True Friday Night Lights.
We would pile into a yellow school bus and head out, getting out of school a bit early. The camaraderie on the bus was something I miss. Everyone knew the songs on this album. My favorite song off of this album is Jungle Love. The only thing missing on the bus was beer.
Two years ago I saw Steve Miller for the first time and I was not disappointed. Great songs, great visuals and great stories about the songs.
For being such an embedded part of my teen years and allowing me to relive those school bus trips every time I hear Jungle Love, Book of Dream by Steve Miller Band is PawPaw’s Vinyl of the Week.