There are some things you’ve always just known to be a truth and then, when you find out that you’re wrong, you are shook.

Example: I’ve been a music fan my entire life, starting off early with some weird selections from my parent’s album collection. Weird, like, say, the soundtrack of the movie Paint Your Wagon and a selection of titles from the Ray Conniff Singers. As near as I can figure the Ray Conniff Singers were like Kidz Bop in the 60’s but aimed at adults. They were singing popular songs, but they weren’t the ones that made it famous. It was confusing at the time.

Side rant: My parents were young adults during what was arguably the most exciting time in rock and as such, were their collections full of the Beatles and the Who and the Doors and the Stones? Not. At. All. As mentioned above, it was a record collection for old people before they were even old. I had to find my own way to the good music.

Anyway, as a music fan, I know that you can get a little, shall we say, snobby, perhaps, about all you know about music. There’s a derisive sniff when a fan with lesser knowledge than you makes an assertion that you know is false. You know what I’m talking about. Whatever your area of expertise is – boy bands, metal, New Wave, divas – you have a depth of knowledge about your niche and you welcome anyone to try and tell you anything new. I’m not judging, I’m saying that I see you and I get you.

Which brings me to last week. Up until that time, I had been operating under the assumption that Diamond David Lee Roth’s persona was an original. Like Freddie Mercury, I thought he’d hit upon something that was fresh and hadn’t been done before – and before you start with your recitations of all the people that Freddie borrowed from, I acknowledge he borrowed, but he made it his own so shut that shit down. Bowie borrowed from mimes but I still list him as an original. He somehow made mimes cool.


From a chance comment on an IG post, I checked out Jim “Dandy” Mangrum from the band Black Oak Arkansas. Someone had asserted that DLR had taken much of his swagger from this guy. There are a few videos of Jim in his prime and the band did have a popular song, a version of Jim Dandy to the Rescue that was on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.

And what did I see?

DLR minus the leaps and kicks. Minus the jump, if you will.

It’s humbling when you are once again reminded of how big the world is and how much you don’t know.

Stay humble, my friends.



One Response

  1. That’s true, you mother wasn’t that into music, at least not like her brother, You’ve no idea how excited I was when he made a trip back to Iowa with a live recording of the Beatles he had made while living in California. That said, I doubt Bruce knows who Bruce Springsteen is or Bowie.
    As for myself, I’ve loved music since the Beatles graced my first phonograph, my mom dancing in the kitchen to whatever had a good beat. I’ve played in a few rock bands have a few friends that made it big in musics for a time and still discover music I enjoy…..if it’s good, I will listen.
    Anything but rap!!

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