First Train Home: Pat Metheny’s Been with Me All Along

For most of my life, I’ve had a theme stuck in my head. It’s a haunting, yet relaxing tune that I only knew as the “Community Calendar theme for Channel 9 in New York City.”

Eventually, YouTube became a thing. I decided to search for it, but at the time nothing came up. Being a song without words, I couldn’t exactly search for it by lyrics. Years later, around 2012 I looked again, and finally found it:

Have a listen, it’s really good. Much better than any “Community Calendar” music has any right to be.

I looked up the song’s name and artists, listened to the original a few times, and then promptly forgot it (and the name+band) again for a few years.

Recently, the song popped back into my head one morning, and I went back to YouTube. Again, I looked to the comments to find the names of both the song and the band, but this time around I knew I could never forget them.

The tune is called “It’s for You.” The musicians responsible are Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

Does that first name sound familiar? That’s the same Pat Metheny responsible for “Last Train Home,” which I know as the second ending theme for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. If it wasn’t for JoJo, I would have never committed this tune to memory, and it would have just been “that song on TV from when I was a kid.”

Thanks, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Thanks, Pat Metheny. Also, I found out that there’s this vocal version by Japanese musician Yano Akiko:

By the way, did you know that Pat Metheny has his own official Q&A board? I keep hoping to see it filled with JoJo fans.


4 thoughts on “First Train Home: Pat Metheny’s Been with Me All Along

  1. Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays? You are a man of many layers…

    This brings back memories. My mother loved Pat Metheny and I still remember the album cover “As Fall Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” in a stack of albums in front of the living room stereo. One summer, my mother took me, my little brother and sister, to see Pat Metheny at Red Rocks. It’s a beautiful, natural amphitheatre and quite breathtaking if you’ve ever been there. It’s nestled in the foothills right outside of Denver, Colorado.

    We came early to just walk around and explore the place. Then Pat Metheny and his group came out for a sound check. It was early to mid afternoon. Afterwards, they jammed for almost an hour. So we got an impromptu mini-concert before the main event. The main concert was even better and they played for almost 4 hours or so. Since it was night by then, with us being in the mountains without all the light pollution and the high altitude, the stars had never looked so beautiful. I might have to go and listen to some old Pat Metheny tunes for nostalgia’s sake.


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