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Not really… The supposed “good old days” are merely those of our -relative- youth; what was the so called status quo as we became young adults.  However, the values that were instilled by our parents, and those we held on to in our adult years have been roundfiled in these warped times.  The videos are a reminder of the changing cultural morays; the loss of society’s sense of right and wrong, what it meant to be earnest, and truthful.

Presently, I’m no little bit tired of all the obstructionists that have either forgotten, or don’t care to adhere to our founders concepts and the Constitution. We now have a man of action in the Whitehouse, not a socialist, Muslim usurper.

This LP by John Miles, came out on our Bi-Centennial (1976).  Enjoy the title cut, Music, and Pull the Damn Thing Down.

(Live version of Rebel, the studio cut’s clarity on YT is poor)

Rebel Lyrics

Not for me all the things you must do.
I am glad now that I can see through.
They say that I’m crazy, I’m out of my mind,
Searching for something I’ll never find.
Don’t call me a loser,
Call me a rebel.
No one said I must run in this race.
Always right, putting me in my place.
I know it’s not easy, believe in yourself,
You won’t find the answer in somebody else.
Don’t call me a loser,
Call me a rebel.
Call me a rebel.
I’m not one of the crowd,
The shout was so loud
No one hears a word they say.
I’m not one of the fools
Who are making the rules
And they’re changing day by day.
Call me a rebel.
I’ve got nothing to hide,
Just the feeling inside!
Don’t call me a loser,
Call me a rebel.
Call me a rebel.
Call me a rebel.
Call me a rebel.
Call me a rebel.


Starrider and Long, Long Way From Home were the first cuts I heard from this group, but it wasn’t until Foreigner 4 came out that I got to see them in concert.  The hit cut from that LP was Waiting For A Girl Like You; it seems to me that the band had “partied too hardy” the previous night; lead singer Lou Gramm couldn’t make the high notes of that song.  Nevertheless, they gave a good performance, especially with Juke Box Hero.  Much later on, the LP Inside Information, while not one of their best efforts, included Say You Will which has always been one of my favorite cuts.

The debut album of the British-American rock band ‘Foreigner’. Released on March 8th, 1977. © Atlantic Recording Corporation.

1. Feels Like The First Time
2. Cold As Ice
3. Starrider
4. Headknocker
5. The Damage Is Done
6. Long, Long Way From Home
7. Woman Oh Woman
8. At War With The World
9. Fool For You Anyway
10. I Need You

“Midnight Blue” is the first single released by Lou Gramm from his debut solo album Ready or Not in 1987. The single spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Album Rock Tracks, starting on February 14, 1987, and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, Gramm’s highest-charting solo hit.

“It’s Still Billy Joel to me”

Hello to Ken, wherever you are.  Above title was a satirical comment made by him, referring to a lyric in the song by the same name, “It’s still Rock ‘n Roll to me”.

I had originally scheduled a post on Foreigner for today, however, I decided to feature one of those musicians who truly paints pictures with his music; entertainment and social commentary combined, are a staple when listening to Joel’s creations.

Regardless of whether or not you identify with, or tend to dislike the message, he manages to bring a sense of  “being there” to his music.   My personal opinion after all these years is that he remains an unprofessed believer in our Savior. (not good)

There are songs that are somewhat disconcerting; the lyrics conceding an Old Testament viewpoint, such as:

“What has it cost you
What have you won
The sins of the fathers
Are the sins of the sons  (repealed by the new covenant through Jesus)
It was always within you
It will always continue
But it shouldn’t surprise you at all”

[From “Surprises”, on The Nylon Curtain 1982]

Billy remains one of the most unique artists (MHO) of our time.

I had to post several cuts from six different LP’s to do justice to his many masterpieces.

From the album Piano Man 1973

From the album Turnstiles 1976

From Glass Houses 1980 (not one of my favorite albums)

From The Stranger 1977



From the album 52nd Street 1978


From the album The Nylon Curtain 1982 (music video)

A special note about Goodnight Saigon, from The Nylon Curtain:

This is the best live video I could find.  It still reverberates in me; I saw this while in the bay area in 1984, a concert which will stay with me forevermore.  Except for the prelude, and no vets onstage, this was the way I remember that performance.  I was about midway and at the concourse level of the concert hall, right side of the stage.  The searchlights panning around, and the sensation of Huey’s flying overhead still brings chills.  For all those who put on a uniform and dedicate their lives to keeping ours safe.  In particular, due to this song, A toast to all those to served in Vietnam. To all those who were rewarded with having “baby killer” screamed in their faces, who were spit on the face by their countrymen.


“Tsunami” Debut LP’s –

Once in a while there is a definitive effort in a debut album, which takes the airwaves by storm.  Such was the case for Boston:

Boston is the debut studio album by American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, the album was released on August 25, 1976, in the United States by Epic Records. Scholz had studied classical piano in his childhood and became involved in the Boston music scene in the late 1960s. He subsequently started to concentrate on demos recorded in his apartment basement with singer Brad Delp, and although their previous group, Mother’s Milk, had received numerous rejection letters from major record labels in the early 1970s, by 1975, the demo tape had fallen into the hands of CBS-owned Epic Records, who signed the band.

Epic wanted the band to record in Los Angeles with a record producer, but Scholz was unwilling and wanted to record the album in his basement studio, so he hired Boylan to run interference with the label. In an elaborate ruse, Scholz tricked the label into thinking the band was recording on the West Coast, when in reality, the bulk was being tracked solely by Scholz at his Massachusetts home. The album’s contents are a complete recreation of the band’s demo tape, and contain songs written and composed many years prior. The album’s style, often referred to as the “Boston sound”, was developed through Scholz’s love of classical music, melodic hooks and guitar-heavy rock groups such as the Kinks and the Yardbirds.

The album was released by Epic in August 1976 and sold extremely well, breaking sales records and becoming one of the best-selling debut albums of all time.  The album’s singles, most notably “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time”, were both AM and FM hits, and nearly the entire album receives constant rotation on classic rock radio. The album has been referred to as a landmark in 1970s rock and has been included on many lists of essential albums. The album has sold 17 million copies in the United States alone and 25 million worldwide.


Another such LP was Mike and the Mechanics.  Including two top ten hits, this LP contained Silent Running, Hanging By A Thread, All I need is a Miracle, and Par Avion.

Mike And The Mechanics
Par Avion
Another day has passed me by
And there’s an island in the sun
To see me through
Another day in paradise
But there’s no reason, there’s no rhyme
Without you

Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

There’s a time and there’s a place
When we can share the silver night
Silent room
In my bed an empty space

Cos there’s no other in my life
Only you

Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

Here comes the night
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

More lyrics at


A man with a conscience – Jackson Browne

While still a teen in the mid ’60s, Jackson Browne wrote These Days, which was recorded in ’67 by the Velvet Underground, and by Gregg Allman in ’73.

I note he is a liberal.  His music became political in the 80’s, very much social commentary; about conscience, right and wrong, misused power.  Sometimes taking aim at Government, and always fighting for the underdog.

What the web regards as his “top ten”  are hardly my choices.   Yes, some of his early hits, such as Doctor My Eyes (1972), and Late for the Sky (1974) are well remembered; however my choices came from his later works:

From Running on Empty (1977)

From World in Motion  (1989)

From Lives in the Balance (1986)


I’ve been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear

You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interests run

On the radio talk shows and TV
You hear one thing again and again
How the USA stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends?
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take anymore
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names

They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us everything from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars

I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they’re never the ones to fight or to die

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

Blue Duck Fly to North Country

Today, the synapses clicked somewhere in the region where my brain stores memories of  music.  In the early 70’s I obtained via FM radio, a folk song whose lyrics cut like a straight razor.   Many outspoken artists were using music as a platform to call attention to man’s aberrant, self destructive behavior.

It is still very relevant today; perhaps the unveiling of facts surrounding Fukushima caused this to surface, but I am uncertain.  What is certain –  we at some point will “reap what we have sown”.

 In finding it on the web to share with you, I discovered who the artist was.  Until now I never knew.

Goin’ Home…. RIP Alvin Lee


News , Blues and Guns … Not Necessarily In That Order


” British blues-rock guitarist Alvin Lee, who was best known for his performance with rock band Ten Years After at Woodstock in 1969, died on Wednesday at age 68, his family said.

“With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure,” the family said in a statement on the singer’s official website.”

Now I feel just that much older…

After viewing a video with Alvin Lee, I embeded this from the resulting link.

Long time no hear… Alvin Lee & Ten Years After – full concert.  Scroll to 1:39:25… I was hoping to hear this, from their ’70 Cricklewood Green LP







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