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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Matinee Muse 10 Bridging The Gap

Heroes or Villains?

Parents used to look at us in disgust
They never liked the tunes we listened to
When we were teenagers. They didn’t trust
The things they sung about; what they would do

“They’re nothing like the singers of our day”
That was the kind of thing they used to say
“Turn down that awful racket; why not play
Something we can listen to.”… But hey!

We’ll never forget those words; that music
The Rock Stars, we’ll remember, with a sigh
Names we all knew well; that we grew up with
And just like Rock ‘n Roll, they’ll never die

Times that we remember, with affection
Are accompanied by a certain song
Voices cause us moments of reflection
Nostalgia makes us think it’s been too long

Some of those stars are no longer with us
We can’t even remember all their names
It’s true that some of them took their own lives
Were murdered, or left in a blaze of flames

Which ones did you like? Here are just a few
They conjure up good memories for me
Do any of them do the same for you?
Take a look at the list; perhaps you’ll see

Elvis Presley
John Lennon
Bob Marley
Marc Bolan
Jim Morrison
Frank Zappa
George Harrison
Joe Strummer
Sonny Bono
Ian Dury
Freddie Mercury
Janis Joplin
Hendrix, Jimi
Malcolm Owen
Van Zandt, Ronnie
Mama Cass
Keith Moon
Johnny Cash
Joey Ramone
Ian Curtis
And last but not least
Sid Vicious
May you all Rest in Peace


  1. not one in the list that doesnt bring back a memory for me...

    makes me feel old tho when i realize that i feel like saying the same thing about the rap and hip hop i hear blasting out of the teenagers of todays car windows......

  2. oh, many on your list do bring up memories and as i was reading your poem i couldn't help but think how i am now on the other side and not understanding MY daughter's taste in music. he-he, the cycle of life.

  3. Thsnks to:
    paisley;I know the feeling - I can add Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) to the list...RIP
    rebecca; the generation gap is widest where music is concerned.

  4. I'd have to add Syd Barrett, John Bonham and John Entwistle to that list.
    Elvis, Hendrix, Beatles, Queen, Led Zep, The Who - there won't be a week go by without listening to at least some of their music.
    Songs such as Hey Joe, Red House, Communication Breakdown, My Generation - I used to play them often in the 70s in my band.

  5. Thanks anthony; Shine on Syd - JB & JE keep on rockin' - and many others. Loved 'em all and play their music as often as possible.