Monday, September 16, 2019

Diverse Voices

 Eddie Money 1949-2019

Ric Ocasek 1944-2019

They really didn't have all that much in common. One was a solo artist, the other a lead singer in a band. One was mainstream rock, the other new wave. One came across as a regular guy, the other eccentric. One showed emotion, the other hid behind dark glasses. One belted out a song, the other drolly warbled the lyrics. One was built like a jock, the other looked undernourished.

But that's all right. I don't need my rock stars, or any music stars, to be exactly, or even remotley, alike. All I ask is that they occasionally come up with a tune that's worth a listen. And these two gentlemen did just that.


  1. Hi, Kirk!

    "Two Tickets to Paradise," let's hope. I didn't even know about Ric, so thanks for informing me. Eddie and Ric possessed two of the most distinctive voices in rock and they both made significant contributions to the soundtrack of my early adult years. I will be presenting their songs for years to come at Shady's Place.

    If you believe in forever,
    Then life is just a one-night stand.
    If there's a rock and roll heaven,
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band.

    Thanks for saluting these two rock greats, Kirk. While I have your attention, I need you to know that, beginning tomorrow, I will be away from home for 17 days involved in house cleaning and renovation in another city. My blogging time will be limited but I intend to keep publishing posts six days apart. I will do my best to visit you if and when you post something.

    Have a terrific week, good buddy Kirk!

    1. If you can't make it, Shady, I understand and will still be here when you come back.

  2. Helps if they are vaguely attractive too.

    1. Eddie, yes, as for Ric, well, here's what he said in his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech:

      "I just want to start off with a little known fact about The Cars. When we started the band, Ben [Orr, the Cars pretty-boy bassist] was supposed to be the lead singer and I was supposed to be the good-looking guy in the band. But after the first gig that changed. I got demoted to just the songwriter."

      I think that explains the dark glasses, Andrew.

  3. THAT'S what they had in common, Mitchell.

  4. I wasn't well known of who he was.

    1. More than any other kind of artist or entertainer, Adam, rock stars are best appreciated during adolescence or young adulthood.


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