Mr. Bartender - I would like some strong Lyrics with My Rock and Roll  

TomEboy10 59M
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10/30/2005 7:59 am

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Mr. Bartender - I would like some strong Lyrics with My Rock and Roll

Living in Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and where rock supposed started on radio, gives me a good feeling. I was raised on rock and roll. When Disco came around I was firmly entrenched in the "Disco Sucks" camp.(In fact, a friend had a 50th birthday party where she wanted everyone to dress in Disco wear while a DJ spun the greatest hits of the Disco Era. Well, TomEBoy wore his hippy wig, sun glasses, Disco Still Sucks Shirt and a "Hello My name is" tag that said...My Name is Tom, Show me to the Bong").

Anytime anyone visits me here they inevitably want to visit the Hall of Fame. Quite franky ,I think the place is a disappointment and a rip off. It is a decent collection of memorabilia but if you visit Hard Rock Cafe's around you can see similar stuff. What is missing is a better way to honor those that have been inducted and to offer samples of their music, how these songs were written, memories from the bands -something that enrichs your love for these HOF members.For example, Steely Dan was inducted and there was nothing in the regular area that commerates the band. Pretty much names are mentioned in a movie or on a plaque.

But I did not intend that this post be about the Hall of Fame but the bands that have been inducted are the bands you hear on great classic rock and roll stations( another thing that pisses me off - am I getting old or what?The stuff I loved as a kid is now called classic).

Anyway ,I was listening to one of my favorites the other day when I realized how important it is to me that good lyrics are essential to a great rock and roll record and how great bands consistently deliver great record after great record.(There are no One Hit Wonders in the Hall)I have a thing for great songwriters which I define as writers that move me.Yes,to have a great rock song you need great musicians,music with hooks,beat and breaks, perhaps some background singers but if I am ever reincarnated I want to come back as a great rock and roll song writer who can nail the lyrics down time after time.

It helps if the lyrics make sense. Why did someone leave the cake out in the rain in MacArthur Park? What does it mean that you have been to the desert on the Horse with No Name?I heard Amercian Pie's lyrics told a story but I never figured it out.

Songwriters I love that you would know are Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker,Elvis Costello,Van Morrison and many others. Some favorite lessor knowns are Bruce Coburn( Rocket Launcher is one of the most powerful anti-war songs ever),Richard Thompson( if you want to know the pain of breaking up with your love listen to Shoot Out the Lights which he wrote with his soon to be ex-wife WHILE it was happening),Bill Mallonee of the Vigilantes of Love( an amazing writer - BlisterSoul is a good intro),Brian Hegman of the Bottle Rockets(24 Hours a Day and The Brooklyn Side ),Mark Olsen and Gary Lourdis of the Jayhawks(Tomorrow the Green Grass good place to start),John Prine(Start with The Missing Years and keep going), John Hiatt(the Best of John Hiatt),Drive by Truckers( Southern Rock Opera is a good start).

Music that moves me makes me laugh, think, cry and provides the soundtrack of my life.Music is my passion.Music is my celebration. Music is my inspiration.Where would I be without the great music that has enriched my life?

tillerbabe 55F

10/30/2005 1:46 pm

I love this! I'll have to check out some of those artists that I have never heard of. I like all music, but I have recently returned to my "rock and roll" roots....Thanks for sharing TomE! {=}

digdug41 49M

10/30/2005 1:56 pm

hey tom although our musical tastes our different I too look for those same elements that make up the soundtrack to my life and playing my bass to different songs is alot of fun matter of fact playing is the most fun I can have with my clothes on but I can enjoy listening just as much especially when the lyric of a song paint a picture close to my own.

roaming the cyber streets of blogland

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

10/30/2005 6:02 pm

I bow to you and this post. Your last paragraph sums up my exact feelings about music. Take away any of the senses except my hearing - I need music and not a day goes by without it.

In regards to the R&R Hall of Fame, I was there in October '02 I believe it was for the John Lennon exhibit. I was very moved. At the same time was an exhibit (on which floor I forget) of some of Ronnie Wood's artwork. Living where I do I found it fascinating, even Jim Morrison's cub scout uniform (rolls eyes). There was some event going on at the time where large decorated guitars were all over outside and in the foyer, which were auctioned off for some charity. I have to admit, Yoko Ono's was the most simple and (forgive me) the least attractive. Eh, what is art to one is not to another.

Thank you for reelin' in the years yet again.


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
10/31/2005 12:23 am

I think you get what it's like to have been to the desert on the Horse with No Name

I agree about American Pie though ... I mean I totally understand why the good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye but why did they go to the levy if the levy was dry

I also understand why the big wheel keeps on turning but why was proud Mary burning

It's a fortune cookie wrapped around an enigma

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goddessofbitches 41M/33F

10/6/2006 6:53 pm

Where did ya go?


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