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It occurs to me

... that everything that is wrong with our country can be illustrated by the way Bob Seger's self-pitying saga "Turn the Page" has become his biggest hit, despite the existence of much better songs in his repertoire ("Travellin' Man," "Hollywood Nights," etc.) Come on, America, what the hell is the matter with you?

I really hate that song.

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Apropos of this topic, and the music-as-torture thread, on Friday I was eating lunch with co-workers in a local bar and the radio was tuned to an all-70's station. That was bad enough, but you know what's coming next -- they played that Terry Jacks song -- I can't bring myself to name it, you know the one -- I had to excuse myself for several minutes.

prairiecat [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Seger did a couple tunes I really liked, but they were 'b' sides at best, forgotten filler for a couple of his albums. A very long time ago...so I don't remember the title, the album, the subject of said song...not that being a long time ago is a prerequisite for me forgetting such things!

I have very little musical training (piano lessons for 5 years, chorus in school, choir at Sunday School). I have even less musical talent. My brain just ain't wired like most, so what others hear as music, I tend to hear as irritating noise. I say this so you know I'm not claiming expertise or education when it comes to critiquing musical selections...& that I really understand music as an instrument of torture, which was a topic earlier.

Not that it matters, but I like this design, I can read what it says without squinting. Thanks!

... that Terry Jacks song..."

"We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the--" STAB STAB STAB STAB STAB STAB STABBITY STAB STAB STABBY STAB.

Polly [TypeKey Profile Page]:

God only knows why I remember this, but at the last Bob Seger concert I attended, probably 20 years ago, he said he wrote Turn the Page because he needed a slow song to sing in the middle of his concerts. . . he needed to rest from the raucous songs.

CGHill [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Interviewed in the current Goldmine, Seger says he's surprised: "I never thought we'd have to play it over and over and over. I thought 'Turn the Page' was too down of a subject matter and that no one is gonna want to hear it."

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