Smelly Chinstraps

I spent a warm summer at a military academy in the mid-west. It was a good experience, but I think what stopped me from spending another summer there was that I don’t like the smell of chinstraps:

Members of Riverside Military Academy from Gainesville, Ga., march down Baker Street during the 31st annual Veterans Day Parade in Atlanta, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Thanks Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty

Music music, it is one of the great gifts of life. I have never understood religious or political movements that restricted it.

One such gifted musician, Gerry Rafferty, has got a heck of talent, known worldwide by his hit Baker Street. And his former group, Stealers Wheel, had that Pulp Fiction song “Stuck in the Middle with You.”

The supreme irony is that Gerry’s song is something of a protest of the music industry. And the fact that it became so big, it thrust him farther into the spotlight:

His song “Baker Street” was about how uncomfortable he felt in the star system, and what do you know, it was a giant world hit. The album “City to City” went to #1 in America, and suddenly he found that as a result of his protest, he was a bigger star than ever. And he now had more of what he didn’t like. And although he had a few more hit singles in the United States, by 1980 it was basically all over, and when I say ‘it’, I mean basically his career, because he just was not comfortable with this.

Sadly, he passed away last year. Thanks for your hits, Gerry. ‘Preciate them. . .