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Songs For Today

Yes, you get two songs today.  I work in the office of an elected official.  For the past eight years, I worked for a man who retired after more than 40 years of public service.  Respected by politicians of both parties, he did some pretty incredible things along the way.  On his way out the door at the end of 2014, he gave a copy of a book to many of his staff.  Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Bob Stanley tells the story of rock and roll and pop music from its beginnings in the 50’s.  This may not make sense unless you know that my boss liked music and always has.  I remember early in his term seeing that he was going to a concert by one of the newest big groups and as his term winded down and historical documents were being packed up, there were bits and pieces from his earlier days and concerts back then.  So, he was a music fan.  But what was really relevant to this gift was the quote he included on the inside of the book:

Some hear only the lyrics,

Some hear only the melodies,

You heard all the music,

And you made our life’s work

A wonderful song.

It’s a beautiful sentiment and it was an honor to work for the man for the last eight years.

So, that’s a long lead in to this … the book breaks down the history of popular music for the last sixty years into chapters that go somewhat chronologically.  Some chapters focus on specific genres as they moved to the top of the heap, some chapters focus on specific years, some chapters focus on one or two artists.  Yes, there is one chapter dedicated to ABBA.

It’s been an interesting read and has motivated me to listen to stuff I normally wouldn’t.  I now have a couple of playlists on Spotify in my rotation that include the hit songs from the 50’s and 60’s.  There’s some good stuff there.  But for today, I have this … the Doors.  Just some incredible music…  And, yes, when it comes to this music, you gotta crank it up.





7 responses to “Songs For Today

  1. Trent Lewin February 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Good tunes… but you shoulda included an Abba tune!

  2. Carrie Rubin February 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    What a wonderful note he put in that book. It’s always nice to be appreciated for our work. Sounds like he recognized the people who helped him do his job.

    • kingmidget February 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Yep. Before I started working for him, I had heard he was a bit difficult. Then I started working for him and learned that he’s difficult with everybody else, but he does everything he can to protect and support his staff. Ended up being a pretty good experience working for him.

  3. sknicholls February 7, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Love the Doors! My fave is Riders on the Storm.

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