Over the years, I find myself listening only to music of my youth, misspent as is was, and ignoring anything written after 1989. And whouda thunk that rap would last this long, and I don't even consider it music.
I am turning out just like my father, who was stuck in the Big Band era forever, and bad mouthing Elvis, the Beatles and especially the Rolling Stones as Godless hippies. My favorite quote from my dad, when we were watching the Beatles perform "She Loves You" on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964: 'look at those idiots. Anybody can grow their hair long and sing 'yeah, yeah yeah.' These guys stink.'
And now here I am, bad mouthing Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and their ilk, all the while glued to Serius-XM's '80's on Eight,' and 'Instant Rewind.' You know, the good stuff.
But something always gnawed at me after listening to John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High." The lyrics that bugged me were these:
Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down
To bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land
John Denver sounds like one of the stupid 'save the farmland' people we have around here, who want to eliminate via legislation any more residential development simply so they can continue to hunt on the open fields and race their insipid snowmobiles without having to pay for any of it.
When John Denver sees bulldozers scraping away the dirt so that a foundation for a home can be poured, he seethes at this 'scar' upon HIS land, which is obviously not his. Of course, John (God rest his soul) had a palatial spread up there in the Rockies, but now that he had gotten his, screw everybody else. Did he consider that when HIS bulldozers were 'scarring' HIS lot, there might be locals who seethed at that scar of his? Of course not.
Liberals are like that. Once they get theirs, to hell with everyone else. Let them eat cake.
John Denver was a moron.
Confession time: I kind of like Lady Gaga's "Applause.' Pretty catchy tune, I must admit.
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