Music Monday: June 6, 2022

Hi, everyone. Welcome to the first edition of Music Monday for June.

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Two members of The Rolling Stones share the same birthday month. Guitarist Ron Wood celebrated birthday number 75 on June 1. Before he joined the band in 1976, he made a name for himself in The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and with Rod Stewart. Their 1993 collaboration on Unplugged…..and Seated remains one of my favorites from that series.

Original member Charlie Watts was born June 2, 1941 in London, England. We lost the stylish dashing drummer last August & it hurt in a way I never saw coming. We all know musicians age like the rest of us but when a band is together for nearly 60 years, you start to believe they will outlive us all. Maybe that is just me. But what an ache Watts left behind in all of us who love The Stones.

Today’s song is in my permanent Top 10 list. It has been that way since the first time I heard it. It does not feature Wood but it is still one of the band’s greatest tracks of all time. It is from their 1969 Let It Bleed album and has been one of their signature tunes since then. I cannot even imagine my life without this monumental song in it. I am pretty sure Martin Scorsese feels the same way.

A storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
I’m gonna fade away

Stones 2010

The Rolling Stones circa 2010 (L-R): Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood.

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The Rolling Stones: “Gimme Shelter” (1969, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards).

Stay safe & well.


Let’s Take A Moment Day 4

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 in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal 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.

I have been pulled over for speeding three times in my life.  The first time I tried crying but still got a ticket.  The second time I tried flirting and got a look of disgust to go along with the ticket.  The third time I was struggling to think of what I was going to tell the officer when he asked me if I knew how fast I was going.  A yes was an admission of guilt and no was a lie.  But the officer surprised me by asking why I was speeding and I panicked.  All I could think to do was turn up the radio and tell him the truth.

“Officer, every time I hear this song when I’m driving I think I am in a high speed car chase in a Martin Scorsese film.”

The cop stared at me for about 20 seconds then said, “Well you’re not, so slow down.  Have a nice day.”   Then he walked away.

Moral of the story:  The Rolling Stones, with a powerful assist from Merry Clayton, will get you out of a ticket.  Oh, and honesty doesn’t hurt either.

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Day 4: The Rolling Stones: “Gimme Shelter” (1969, written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.