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Imonecmw at aol.com
Sun Feb 7 01:04:49 UTC 2010
You just spoke for me much in the way that Pete does. We can always count
on you to show up and put things in perspective, and with great
enthusiasm. Thanks for that!
In a message dated 2/6/2010 6:00:26 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Keithjmoon70 at aol.com writes:
Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday. I remember when I was a boy, the Superbowl
was really a big day for me.
When I was young things were so much more special. The feelings were much
stronger, the excitement far more exhilarating. Everything was new. I
didn't know what was gonna happen! The highs were higher and the lows were
lower. Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys was my boyhood hero back then.
see, he worked hard. He never gave up. There was always a chance they
would win the game at the end. I wore White and Blue #12 in the 70's. But,
got too many concussions and had to stop playing at 38. The Detroit Lions
never won anything in my life.
Then...being in Jr high, everything, and to my dismay, everyone changed.
It was a real shock! Kids that used to just have fun stopped having fun
started caring about how they looked and acted. Instead of the simple
choice of what game to play, it was changed to who were you identified
Could you fit in with the cool kids? Am I cool? And just who is it that
determines what is cool and what isn't anyway? Now sports were defined by
athletic skill. Lines were drawn. There were girls. And cigarettes. And
drugs. You want me to do what?! It's not playing anymore. Why were you
friend last year but not this year? Who Are You? I was in the 8th grade
There was music then. During those Disco years, some music came in and
out just as quickly. It was a big deal to stay away from that! But...other
music was heard by my soul and was recorded into it as if it had found
it's home. Before this music, I didn't much know what kind of a soul I
didn't "know" anything.Up to this point I had never been let down. I
thought people were pure. I was an empty glass. I was dumb as hell.
But I had good taste in music. :-)
I guess I'm a grown man now and the Superbowl doesn't mean much anymore.
Grown-ass men running around with helmets on. That are younger than I am!
wanted to see maybe if Brett Favre could pull it out and beat the Saints
as an old guy but the Vikings beat themselves by turning the ball over.
said 'we don't want to be in the Superbowl, you take the ball!' When I
a boy, this would've ruined my night. But now it really doesn't matter.
It's a game.
But music still does. My music does. Music is something of eternal
Real music is. From those innocent days of excitement through all the
joy, pain, hard work, gain, hope, loss, bustid heartz, shattered
misunderstandings of the last decades, the music has been playing. Time
is passing. We're older now.
This half-time The Who is playing. Some say it isn't The Who anymore.
Not without Keith and John there. Maybe they're right about that. I miss
them very much and I wish they would've taken better care of themselves
they could be here, too. But the man that seemed to understand me
most difficult times of my life is going to be there. And the music is
going to be there, too. Roger didn't give up and he didn't retire. It's
right to be who they are and to do what they do and they look good doing
it. I'm so glad that so many people get to see them tomorrow that may
never known about them.
The Who isn't just a rock band. That's Aerosmith. The Who is a force. The
Who makes a statement beyond the sound of vocals, drums and guitars. It
uses sound to reach humans and it even makes humans one with that sound.
writer speaks to your subconscious and tells you who you are. -Because you
don't know. But, having listened, now you may be bold enough, brave
and just maybe miraculously OPEN enough to ask. It's laid out there if you
really wanna know. The Who is like a can opener of the can of truth. Many
just like to admire it or keep it in the drawer or say they have it or
other people with it. I'd like to use it to open that can. I'd like to
learn something! It's in the words of the songs.
So, tomorrow if Pete swings his arm and if Roger twirls his mic so that
it wraps around his body and unwraps in front of all those people
I'll be collecting those hand slaps.
Jon in Mi
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