It’s time for another semester of History class. Hopefully, you have taken the prerequisite – Songs from Your Parents’ or Grandparents’ Generation That Still Rock – ‘50s Version so you will fully benefit from this course.  Just like last time, this is not the boring school textbook History consisting of dry, lifeless dates and distant places you learn about in a classroom and will probably never use again outside of answering trivia questions to impress your friends. This is the more useful and entertaining musical history that will have a more lasting impression on your life.

This is our opportunity to do what Bruce Springsteen said two decades after the ‘60s – “We learned more from a three minute record Baby, than we ever learned in school.”  So sit back, turn up the volume, and let’s start learning.

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
Gloria – Them
Oh Darling – The Beatles
96 Tears – ? & the Mysterians
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
All Along the Watch Tower – Jimi Hendrix
Light My Fire – The Doors
Runaway  – Del Shannon
Twist and Shout – Beatles version
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Louie Louie -The Kingsmen
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
House of the Rising Sun – Bob Dylan version
Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr
I Want You – The Beatles
Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer
Kozmic Blues – Janis Joplin
Time Has Come Today – Chambers Brothers
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin
Hold On, I’m Comin’ – Sam and Dave
Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Baby Please Don’t Go – Them
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Gimme  Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group

*These songs are for educational and reference purposes only are performed and written by the credited artists.

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Take some time every now and then to learn a little history. Not the boring school type of history where you have to memorize dates and significant events that impacted your life in some way, but a more lively and entertaining musical history that may have impacted, inspired or influenced the music you listen to and enjoy today.

Don’t limit yourself only to what is currently offered on your radio station of choice. There are many great songs being released for the youth generation today and having teenage kids myself, I try to stay up to date with what is being marketed toward them via the top 40 radio stations they are listening to whenever we are in the car together. Although most of it is unimaginative and lacks creativity and energy (to my ears anyway), I still make it a point to listen. Occasionally, one of these songs raises its voice above the rest of the Xerox audio clutter spilling out of my car speakers and even ends up on my iPod for future enjoyment.

If I can look ahead and continue to find a common musical ground in the popular music of today, even at this stage of life far beyond my teenage years, then the younger generation should be able look back and sift through the music of yesterday and find some audio treasures sprinkled in with the carbon copy clutter of that era.

You may think that the music your parents grew up with is uncool or outdated and can be dismissed as something from a time long ago and far away that has no part in your life. Give it a listen every now and then. You may be surprised to find something you can tolerate or might even enjoy. So put your History textbook away and turn up the volume for a real History lesson. Here is a small sampling of some songs from your parents’ generation that still rock after all of these years.*

Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and the Comets
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley version
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis
Rumble – Link Wray
At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors
Honky Tonk Part I – Bill Doggett
Shout – Isley Brothers
Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard
Train Kept a Rollin’ – Johnny Burnette
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

*These songs are for educational and reference purposes only are performed and written by the credited artists.

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Don’ts for Soccer Moms and Dads November 2010

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House Where Nobody Lives February 2010

by Bob Langham

Being the introverted, passive spectator on the sidelines has given me the opportunity over the years to sit back and observe the behavior or misbehavior of multitudes of other parents and spectators from the recreational soccer level to the club soccer level. My observations have prompted me to make the following list of don’ts for all youth soccer parents and spectators. Read More

     

by Bob Langham

We have some of our furniture from the family room in the garage while the tile guys are redoing the floors. Carter was out in the garage with the dog hanging out since there is not much to do while the tile guys are working and I hear him yelling “DAAAAD!” which isn’t unusual for him. It could be anything from he’s caught in a bear trap, to he wants a drink of water. So I go out to the garage in no real hurry and I hear him calling me but I can’t see him. He’d fallen off of the arm of the couch and into a pile of empty boxes and could not get out. He said he had been yelling Dad for a while. All total, the boxes probably weigh 32 ounces, compared to Carter’s substantial 1,120 ounces. The dog was resting comfortably on the couch near where Carter fell off, looking like I had some nerve disturbing his nap to rescue Carter from his cardboard catastrophe.  I just looked at the dog and said “Great work Lassie.”  Who needs cable when you have a 6 year old for entertainment?

– Bobman

 

      

Tom Waits has a way of stripping away the shiny layers and revealing the truths embedded in this thing called life. He offers some words to remember if you have ever felt the tug of envy or jealousy toward those who may have a bigger, more expensive house and wished you could be doing as well.  All that square footage, the decorative columns, and landscaping is just gift wrapping  serving to impress. It is what is inside the box that really matters.

Take this song and turn it up loud in the car the next time you are passing through one of those affluent neighborhoods  so you can resist that old hobo jealousy yanking on your sleeve.

-Bobman

So if you find someone
Someone to have, someone to hold
Don’t trade it for silver
Don’t trade it for gold
I have all of life’s treasures
And they are fine and they are good
They remind me that houses
Are just made of wood
What makes a house grand
Ain’t the roof or the doors
If there’s love in a house
It’s a palace for sure…”

Tom Waits, House Where Nobody Lives

It is annoying enough to deal with the daily commute every day, but it makes it even more difficult to put up with awful drivers when they display their sound bite mental capacity on their bumpers, unintentionally giving insight into why many of these drivers are not intelligent enough to be operating a heavy piece of machinery in the first place.

To cope with the challenge of sharing the road with these people and their shallow bumper sticker jingoistic philosophy, it is fun to come up with alternative bumper stickers to the mindless vehicular clichés. Here are a few bumper stickers that would be cool to see:

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Keep the Más in Christmas


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I’m Dating Your Daughter and Spending All the Money You’re Sending to Texas A&M


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So Leave Me Alone, I Don’t Want To!
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My Academically Average Son, Beats Up Your Honor Roll Student for His Lunch Money at Gaylord Elementary

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-Bobman