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.
If I had to name my favorite voice in all of rock music, without hesitation I would choose Paul Rodgers. I was a child the first time I heard him sing and I can still remember it like it happened yesterday. It is rather impossible to forget hearing a near perfect song like Free’s “All Right Now” (Day 182) and if there was any doubt my life would be ruled by music, that song sealed my fate. It taught me that music could just grab you by the throat, overwhelm you in the very best way possible, inspire every inch of your soul & make you feel more alive than you ever did before. If love makes order out of chaos, then music makes life out of mere existence. .
After Free disbanded two of its members-Rodgers & drummer Simon Kirke-formed Bad Company in 1973 with guitarist Mick Ralphs, previously a member of Mott The Hoople & bassist Boz Burrell.(1946-2006). They performed together for the first time on March 8, 1974 in England and in June of that year they released their eponymous debut album. They became a staple of FM radio and continuously raised the bar on their own success until they broke up in 1982.
For those eight years, Rodgers voice & the band’s music & self-penned tunes sold 40 million records around the world and won a permanent spot in my heart. To choose one song from the six albums they made together is tough but there are some that stand out for me more than others, like today’s pick. Since 2008 the surviving members of the group reunited and seeing them live again is one of the things I am most looking forward to after quarantine. And if they sing today’s song, I will be even happier,
“I am just a simple man working on the land
Oh it ain’t easy
I am just a simple man working with my hands
Oh believe me“.
Bad Company circa 1974 (L-R): Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell, Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Bad Company: “Simple Man” (1976, written by Mick Ralphs).
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