BTO Rules

I’m pretty sure Jenson and I were in Skegness, England when we started talking about Bachman Turner Overdrive. We were trying to recall all of there hit songs, but this one had us stumped. All we could come up with was “Don’t they have some song about rolling down the highway?” It really bothered me that I couldn’t remember it at the time.

Anyways, here it is. This one’s for you, Dave.

More Music Related Questions

I haven’t been on this blog for a while and was just reading your comments to the post “The State of Popular Music”. It brought to my mind something slightly tangential but which I have thought about a lot over the past few years.

My question has to do with how ones musical creativity, genius, whatever you want to call it, is impacted by age. My observation is that most artists put out increasingly vapid music as they get older. Take, for example, Springsteen. I love Springsteen but, if I am honest, his last couple of albums sucked. Same thing with U2. I am not a huge Stones fan but it seems to me that this happened to them as well. Unless I am mistaken, one of the reasons the Beatles called it a day was because they didn’t feel they were putting together good music while recording an album post Abby Road.

First, what is it about getting older that seems to stifle the ability of artists to write really good music? Is it a matter of losing the passion and drive that comes with youth? Do they just get tired? Riches making them lazy?

Secondly, does this lack of creativity, genius, drive, etc. which increases with age happen outside of songwriting? What I’m really getting at is will it happen to us? If so, how do you avoid it? Or should it even be avoided (what’s wrong with living of the truly great work you did decades ago)?

This is just one of the many things I think about as I approach 30.

Also, I concede there are exceptions to this (i.e. Clint Eastwood) but I think I am on to something here.

Lastly, Merry Christmas Dudes!


I was reading this article today about New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Forget the article (all he says is we need a carbon tax because cap trade is vulnerable to special interests). I was mostly struck by the picture of him. It wasn’t just that it seemed like an odd pose but also that I had actually seen it before.

Then I remembered the cover art of this late artists album Fabian Road Warrior.

Conversations with Jon

I just got off the phone with Jon Stoffer. One part of our conversation went like this:

Me: Jon why don’t you move to some tropical island like Bermuda again?
Jon: Yeah. I mean that would be cool. It would be nice…I mean I would like to get AT LEAST a girlfriend before I went there. Sitting on the beach with a girl in Bermuda? That would be SICK!
Me: (laughing) Dang Jon. That would be sick! I never thought of that. Man what am I even doing [with my life]?
Jon: I know man! You should just move in with me. I got a spot on my floor! We could get you a mattress!
Me: Man you might be on to something there Jon.
Jon: I know. See Dan you always learn something when you talk to me. You could learn a new life lesson every day.
And I’m sure I would Jon Boy.