Soundtrack Of A Photograph, Part 9






                               “Took a look down a westbound road, right away I made my choice”


Well I know it has been awhile since the last blog but let’s just say life has gotten in the way from having the time or inclination to write but things are better now and getting back to normal. On a positive note I have recently acquired lots of new CD’s courtesy of a couple of box sets I purchased which will no doubt be making their way onto this page soon as future soundtracks. Before I begin this installment you should know two things regarding the subject matter. The first is though I have been to a lot of places in this country, I have never been to Michigan. Second, other than a quick trip around the corner holding on for dear life with someone else at the throttle one time, I have never ridden a motorcycle.  Both of which are important things to realize about the music for this installment of The Soundtrack Of A Photograph. The song and the singer have been staples in my life for over 30 years now and the love and appreciation has never gone away. The photographs for this installment serve as a reminder to me of decisions and choices in photography and how although clarity is usually the ideal for a photograph, sometimes a little blur or distortion can make things interesting.


First to the singer and then the song itself. Bob Seger, along with his Silver Bullet Band has been one of my favorite performers for most of my life. The combination of that gritty voice coupled with the Mid-Western spirit and songs that come from the gut has brought me much happiness through the years. I first became aware of him when I was younger. As I mentioned in the last installment I had no punk or metal or pop phase like some of the kids I knew growing up. It was all the usual you might say. I am not really even sure where I heard him for the first time, but in the period between the mid to late 70’s through the early 80’s it is safe to say he was right up there in terms of sales and hit records. So becoming a fan was probably based around hearing any one of the classics like Night Moves, Old Time Rock & Roll, Against The Wind, Hollywood Nights, and the list goes on and on. The one thing I do remember for sure is the first thing I bought by him (on cassette no less) was his 1982 album, ‘The Distance.’ Though not an album most people or fans recognize by him, for me it remains my favorite album of his all these years later. My wife quite wisely said something several years ago which is that in the pantheon of American rockers you pick your sides early and you become either a fan of Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, or John Mellencamp. Arguments might be made for others to that list but all four men are roughly contemporaries and therefore can be linked together. So early on, despite growing up in New Jersey, my allegiance went to Bob Seger.

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