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  1. Laurie_ 11-21-05 08:35 PM - Post#172464 thought that "Can't You See" is depresing. Lyrically, it's a blues type construction. The singer is sad, but he's moving on. "Gonna catch a frieght train...Till that train runs out of track" Get away from it all. Start a new life. He's not suicidal, or any such. He's coping. BTW, a few years after the Marshall Tucker Band had their hit, Waylon Jennings took his recording to success on the country charts. A good song has legs, and this one does.
  2. How about "Games People Play" by Joe South. It charted back in the 60's but it's still a great song, even tho my lp got well worn before I got good equipment.
  3. Lorrie Morgan has a really good song (and a big country hit) with all the days in the lyrics. Sorry, don't know the title. I got the artist from my wife.
  4. You may have missed this story when it ran in October of 05, but I think it's relevant here. I assume the whole story can still be found at this URL: If not, an email to sparkplug54@copper.net will get you a copy. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/la-et-doors5oct05,1,5477422.story From the Los Angeles Times COLUMN ONE Ex-Door Lighting Their Ire Drummer John Densmore refuses to let the group's songs be used in TV ads, much to the chagrin of his former bandmates. By Geoff Boucher Times Staff Writer October 5, 2005 Bob Dylan is singing "The Times They Are A-Changin' " in a television ad for healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente these days, and who could argue? With Led Zeppelin pitching Cadillacs, the Rolling Stones strutting in an Ameriquest Mortgage ad and Paul McCartney warbling for Fidelity Investments, it's clear that the old counterculture heroes of classic rock are now firmly entrenched as the house band of corporate America. That only makes the case of John Densmore all the more intriguing. Once, back when rock 'n' roll still seemed dangerous, Densmore was the drummer for the Doors, the band with dark hits such as "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange." That band more or less went into the grave with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1971, but, like all top classic-rock franchises, it now has the chance to exploit a lucrative afterlife in television commercials. Offers keep coming in, such as the $15 million dangled by Cadillac last year to lease the song "Break On Through (to the Other Side)" to hawk its luxury SUVs. To the surprise of the corporation and the chagrin of his former bandmates, Densmore vetoed the idea. He said he did the same when Apple Computer called with a $4-million offer, and every time "some deodorant company wants to use 'Light My Fire.' " The reason? Prepare to get a lump in your throat — or to roll your eyes. "People lost their virginity to this music, got high for the first time to this music," Densmore said. "I've had people say kids died in Vietnam listening to this music, other people say they know someone who didn't commit suicide because of this music…. On stage, when we played these songs, they felt mysterious and magic. That's not for rent." That not only sets the Doors apart from the long, long list of classic rock acts that have had their songs licensed for major U.S. commercial campaigns, it also has added considerably to Densmore's estrangement from former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger, a trio that last set eyes on one another in the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse last year. "Everyone wanted him to do it," said John Branca, an attorney who worked on the Cadillac proposal. "I told him that, really, people don't frown on this anymore. It's considered a branding exercise for the music. He told me he just couldn't sell a song to a company that was polluting the world. "I shook my head," Branca said, "but, hey, you have to respect that. How many of your principles would you reconsider when people start talking millions of dollars?" Densmore relented once. Back in the 1970s, he agreed to let "Riders on the Storm" be used to sell Pirelli Tires in a TV spot in England. When he saw it he was sick. "I gave every cent to charity. Jim's ghost was in my ear, and I felt terrible. If I needed proof that it was the wrong thing to do, I got it." Since then, the animus between the drummer and Manzarek and Krieger has intensified, including a bitter dispute over naming rights. In August, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Alarcon ruled that Manzarek and Krieger could no longer tour together as the "Doors of the 21st Century."...
  5. John Schlitt (sp) the lead singer for Head East. He later joined the Christian band, Petra, where he took over lead, when the other guy went solo, I think. Fuzzy memory, over 20 years ago. Petra was one of the pioneers in CCM, and they're still going. I saw an ad for a new album, recently.
  6. You are thinking about "Talk It Over", by Grayson Hughes. Song Hit 88-89 or so. Seems he had another hit, don't remember what it was right now. BTW, the background music channel in Kroger has this in rotation these days
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