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I remember

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Below is just some music I like that inspired some thoughts about my life and the madness that is between my ears.

I remember the first time I heard “Wish You Were Here” from Pink Floyd in 75, the first thought was that I missed my father and I wished he was here. And I’ve thought that every time I’ve heard the song since.

Sometimes in the old days when I used to commute to and from the job I used to play “Coming Home” on the way home. But sometimes, I’d stop on the way to visit my Motley Crue.

I like the song by CSNY “Almost Cut My Hair” because it reminded me not to cut my hair at one time in life. Now I remember to play it on the way to the barber every month.

When the song “Turn up the Radio” comes on, I remember to do just that. And I’ll stop for an Autograph if anyone wants one.

I love life when I’m laughing and remembering “With a Little Help from My Friends”.

I remember saying to myself over and over “I Won’t Get Fooled Again” but then I said to myself Who am I kidding.

Each day I wake up a little “Dazed and Confused” but then I roll over and see my better half and think “Since I’ve Been Loving You” which reminds me to be thankful. Thanks, LZ.

The song “Land on Confusion” should be the U.S. theme song. It was mine for a few decades but I think the country needs it more than I do now. I’m pretty clear on things finally.

I sometimes walk about and people look at me strangely because “I’m Wondering Aloud” as Jethro Tull once wrote.

I remember we were something in our youth. We were all the “Midnight Cruiser”, especially a guy with a Steely gaze, named Dan. (may you rip Dan B)

I remember “Living on the Edge” for far too long in my life and Steven Tyler belting that line out in concert.

I was remembering how much I like the name of the town “Woodstock” that I live in. I really like the song also by CSNY.

I remember listening to Phil Collins “I Don’t Care Anymore” and thought I didn’t care anymore till I searched deep and discovered I did care.

I remember my wife’s reaction when I told her “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over TONIGHT” and I’m sure that Monday Night Football theme played in her head. Thank you HW Jr.

Some think that chasing “The Big Money” is what life is about. But it’s a RUSH to remember it’s much more than that.

When I remember some of the chances I took as a youth, I was really “Flirting with Disaster” as Molly Hatchet would say.

And now after 40+ years with my better half and remembering so many good times “You Really Got a Hold On Me” says I and Smokey Robenson and the Miracles.

I remember back when I was young telling my better half “What I LIKE About YOU” which made me a Romantic of sorts.

I remember encountering “Smoke on the Water” before the water got Deep Purple.

I remember the day when I thought about a “Second Home By the Sea” but the Genesis of that idea lessoned with sea-level rise.

I remember the days of raising children with my better half. They are the “Pride and Joy” of my life so thanks Patti and SRV.

I’ve worked the third shift a few times in my career and I remember “Screaming In the Night” as the Krokus would bloom.

I bet sometimes when my 3-year-old granddaughter goes home after a day with me saying who is that “Monkey Man”. But I send her home happy with shiny Stones.

I remember when “A Day in A Life” didn’t include a mass shooting. Maybe if we had more Beatles the world would be a better place.

Remember when you were young and your life was still mostly “Empty Pages” and then one day late in life while you were sitting in Traffic you realized the book is almost complete.

Getting old is tough, sometimes when you pass people you say to yourself “I Remember You” but then you catch yourself and don’t say a word because you’re dressed as if you live on Skid Row.

I remember putting my pants on used to be such an easy thing. Now I need “The Jean Genie” and a Bowie knife to succeed.

It seems like when you solve one thing and then remember, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” and then I’m heard to utter Judas Priest.

I’ve worked in IT for a while and some consider what I do “Hocus Pocus” but I say it’s easy if you just Focus.

I remember when I was young thinking “I Can’t Dance” and I was probably right. But now that I’m older the Genesis of that fear is gone.

I remember the days I could mow my yard and later on I didn’t have “Drop Dead Legs.”

I just wish to be a Simple Man and a bit of a Free Bird at the same time while remembering to be a good father and grandfather and husband and friend. Love the original Lynyrd Skynyrd.

I could go on forever here because “I Don’t Wana Stop” but then I remembered that even Ozzy slowed down.

Sorry about the length of the rant above, I’ll stop rambling now. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I had plans, I changed them. I’m either incredibly adaptive or lazy.
  • You know when I heard of big changes at the job in the past, I would worry a lot if I could adapt and enjoy a new role. But the big changes coming this year don’t even phase me now.
  • There are few things in life I like more than a good set of speakers and power cords and the desire to dance and sing.
  • When you reach the time in life where when you get in your car and the majority of the time you’re NOT going to or from work or running errands but just pleasure cruises, you will know Life is Good. And driving to your children’s homes to see, watch or pick up your grandchildren is not an errand it’s a labor of LOVE.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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