It’s too early for Christmas music, and frankly, I’m in a mood to rock. When I reach that point, I turn to an old favorite: Bob Seger.
Back during the 2008 election cycle, I fell in love with his song "Turn the Page". It seemed to me at the time that the life of a political candidate, particularly the front runners for the presidential nominations, was as tiring and disheartening as Seger’s portrayal of a musician who’s been on the road too long. First released in 1973, "Turn the Page" didn’t become a Seger staple until the legendary 1975 live version, with its moaning saxophone opening and closing.
In 1991, Seger released an album called THE FIRE INSIDE. The title tune is, thematically, the same as a late seventies Johnny Lee hit about "lookin’ for love in all the wrong places", a downer about the frenetic boozing, doping, and indiscriminate sex that could be found on the club scene back in the 70s and 80s. The lyrics are highly imagistic, an indictment of that fruitless search, with no happy ending in sight. Propelled by piano and drums (played, respectively, by Roy Bittan of the E Street Band and Russ Kunkel), it’ll have you dancing as very few downers can do.
Gonna be rockin’ at the Red Mud Inn all PM--
6 years ago