The Difference Between a Rat and a Human Being

The primary difference between a rat and a human being is that when running through a maze with no reward at the end, eventually the rat will stop running.

Think about it.

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Bob Dylan

What more can or needs to be said about Bob Dylan as he recently turned 75. Lord knows I wrote my share and more back when I was rockandrollguru.com, so allow me to share a few more thoughts.

Dylan is certainly the poet of a generation and, in my opinion, the greatest single songwriter of all time. I’ve seen him plenty, from times when I couldn’t even understand the lyrics of his most popular songs, to evenings where his brilliance filled the air. I prefer the latter.

In 2011-12 as I went through a horrific divorce, the album Blood on the Tracks helped soothe my soul ever so slightly. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t know all the words to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and his other early records. Along with the Beatles, he helped form an unshakeable foundation of rock and roll in me. A great big thanks to my older siblings for making that possible.

Dylan is, simply, my guy.

 

Belated Happy Birthday to the Late Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker was/is my hero, my idol, my inspiration and my model for singing. Once he cleaned up and stopped smoking cigarettes his voice got more powerful and intense as he grew older. I saw Joe close to 20 times, and he is one of the few people I’d see on back-to-back nites knowing he was gonna do the exact same set as the nite before.

Here’s Joe doing Dave Mason’s “Feelin’ Alright.” This is my go-to song whenever anyone asks me to sit in. Every rock and roll band knows it and it’s a fun one to dance to.

Happy birthday, Joe. Miss you and love you.

 

 

Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance is one of my mantras.

I went out all 4 nights this weekend (I learned in college that the weekend starts Thursday night) to local clubs to hear my favorite mid-Michigan bands and had an absolute blast, culminating in last nite’s Capital Area Blues Society’s Blues Brawl. Incidentally, my friends Dr. Howard won for best band and will be representing Lansing in the next international blues competition in Memphis early next year. But I digress.

Dancing is supposed to be fun. It’s a party for your body, mind, soul and spirit…not to mention a great aerobic workout. As King Harvest sang in their classic one-hit wonder, “Dancing in the Moonlight,” “you can’t dance and stay uptight.” Touche.

If you need to lighten up please just dance and magically the whole world disappears, including our so-called problems, at least briefly.

We can’t ask for much more than that.

Have a phenomenal week!