Eric Clapton – Running on Faith
Today’s Quote: “After it was found in practice to be better to strip than to cover up all those parts, then what was ridiculous to the eyes faded away in the face of what argument showed to be best.” — Plato, Republic 452d
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Who sang about My Girl? A) The Temptations B) The Beatles C) The Beach Boys
2. Who had a hit in the 70s with Don’t Stop? A) Foreigner B) Kansas C) Fleetwood Mac
3. Which popular song had the lyric “A long, long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile”? A) Dust in the Wind B) Those Were the Days C) American Pie
4. Who had a hit album in the 70s called A Night at the Opera? A) Led Zeppelin B) The Rolling Stones C) Queen
5. Who had a hit song called Jump in the 1980s? A) Van Halen B) Aerosmith C) Rod Stewart
“Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul.
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away …”
Dobie Gray, Drift Away
What a wonderful sentiment. I’ve always loved that song.
Music Trivia Answers:
1.A) The Temptations [My Girl was written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, who were both members of The Miracles. They wrote it for The Miracles, but decided to give it to Motown label-mates The Temptations, who needed a hit. Robinson went on to write many other songs for The Temptations, who for a time were Motown’s biggest group. (Songfacts.com)]
2. C) Fleetwood Mac [Christine McVie wrote Don’t Stop about leaving the past behind. She and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac’s bass player) were splitting up, which inspired the lyrics. This caused some awkward moments, since John had to play a song written about him. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were also going through a breakup and writing songs about each other (Go Your Own Way, Dreams), and Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. All the tension in the studio didn’t seem to hurt – Rumours is one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album was going to be called “Yesterday’s Gone,” after a line in this song. John McVie suggested “Rumours” because it seemed like everyone in Southern California was talking about the personal drama Fleetwood Mac was going through. (Songfacts.com)]
3. C) American Pie [This is about the death of Buddy Holly. “The Day The Music Died” is February 3, 1959, when Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash after a concert. McLean wrote the song from his memories of the event. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album was a huge influence, and McLean has said in numerous interviews that the song represented the turn from innocence of the ’50s to the darker, more volatile times of the ’60s – both in music and politics. McLean was a paperboy when Holly died. He learned about the plane crash when he cut into his stack of papers and saw the lead story. McLean admits this is about Buddy Holly, but has never said what the lyrics are about, preferring to let listeners interpret them on their own. (Songfacts.com)]
4. C) Queen
5. A) Van Halen [David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but he usually says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building (Roth thought, “Might as well jump”). He’s also said the song is about a stripper. (Songfacts.com)]
I got them all today. That’s two days in a row. Oh, my self-esteem is in the clouds now.