Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Another rock & roll birthday celebration is upon us. Michigan’s own Bob Seger was born on May 6, 1945. He was the Midwest’s premier voice in the 1970’s & 1980’s. His songs told tales that ranged from teenage lust, life on the road, lost youth and everything in between. Seger’s voice remains one of the best to come out of the classic rock era and his deeply personal songs still ring true.
Today’s song makes me weep from the moment I hear the opening notes, but it was not always like that. I heard it nearly every where I went when I was in high school & back then it just made me wonder how I would look back on the roads I chose to take in the years ahead of me. But then suddenly I was the person in the song, 20 years old one minute and 40 years old the next, wondering how I got from there to here.
The first time I heard this song as an adult it hit me how quickly that time went, how ill prepared I was for the roads I took and probably even for the ones I didn’t. And just like the person in today’s song, “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”. A lot of songs deal with teenage angst. But not too many deal with what happens two decades later. That is part of what I love about Bob Seger. And why it has taken me 418 days to feature this song. For those of you still searching for shelter, I hope you find it.
“The years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home and I
Guess I lost my way
There were oh-so-many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worried about paying or even how much I owe“.
Bob Seger circa 1975. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Bob Seger: “Against The Wind” (1980, written by Bob Seger).
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