“Is Simplicity Best…”

“…Or Simply The Easiest?”

DEPECHE MODE

((From The Song JUDAS (1993)))

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JUDAS Is Just A Personal Favorite Jam From DEPECHE MODE That Just Happened To Pop-On During My Morning Walk! It’s Not The Best Song On The Album, SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION, But There Truly Isn’t A Bad Song On The Entire Album. Period. πŸ˜€

A Belated Xmas Quickie That Needs To Be Shared.

My Grandparents…

((aka Maw and Paw))

…Got Me This Book For Xmas:

The Untold Civil War

THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR: EXPLORING THE HUMAN SIDE OF WAR

by JAMES ROBERTSON

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Honestly, I Was Left Kinda Speechless.

It’s An Expensive Ought-Damned Book.

But, I Did Want It.

She (Maw) Was Worried I’d Be Disappointed With It.

But, I Love It AND Her.

You See, My Peeps, She Took Me To See The Flick…

GETTYSBURG

Gettysburg (1993)

…Back During The Winter Of 1993.

Neither She, Nor I, Knew What We Were Getting Into With It.

When The 2-Hour Point Of The Flick Came And Went, She Kept Looking To Me Hoping It Was Going To Be Over Soon.

Little Did We Know We Weren’t Even Half-Way Through The Flick.

The Lights Came-Up, And She Assumed It Was Time To Head Home.

However, The Lights Only Came-Up To Signal The Intermission.

After The Intermission…

…Oh Yeah…

…Another 2+Hours Of The Flick Remained.

But, She Sat Through It.

She Sat Through All 4+Hours And Didn’t Complain About It One Bit.

Maw Knows I Love History.

She Knows I Love Documentaries.

She Knows I Love Historically Relevant Films.

She Knows I Love REAL Books.

She Knows One Of My Favorite Subjects Is The American Civil War.

So, Maw And Paw Totally Got Me The Royal Hook-Up With This Book.

I’m Already Loving It.

And, Honestly, I Likely Always Will Love It.

‘Tis An AWESOME Gift, Fo SHO, My Peeps.

And Sooooo…

…I Really Just Wanted To Say Thank You, Again, To Maw And Paw.

I Totally Appreciate How Well They Know Me…

…My Tastes…

…And Where My Personal Joy Lies In Wait.

THANK YOU!!!

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An Amazing Song That’s Eating Me Alive: “JEZEBEL (Unplugged)” by 10,000 MANIACS (1993)

“…I Know Your Feelings Are Tender

I Know Inside You The Embers Still Glow

But I’m A Shadow

I’m Only A Bed Of Blackened Coal

And Call Myself JEZEBEL

For Wanting To Leave…”

"JEZEBEL" Is My All-Time Favorite Jam From The Band 10,000 MANIACS Off Of Their 1993 "10,000 MANIACS: MTV UNPLUGGED" Album !!!

JEZEBELIs My All-Time Favorite Jam From The Band 10,000 MANIACS Off Of Their 199310,000 MANIACS: MTV UNPLUGGEDAlbum !!!

“…I’m Not Saying I’m Replacing Love With Some Other Word

To Describe The Sacred Tie That Bound

Me To You

I’m Just Saying We’ve Mistaken One For Thousands Of Words

And For That Mistake

I’ve Caused You Such Pain

That I Damn That Word

I’ve No More Ways To Hide

That I’m A Desolate And Empty, Hollow Place Inside. …”

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What More Is there To Say About This Song…

JEZEBEL

by 10,000 MANIACS

…That The Lyrics Don’t Already Say?

It’s A Pretty Powerful Jam, My Peeps.

The Melody And Rhythm Are Pleasant…

…Yes…

…But It’s The Lyrics That Will Get Ya.

Until A Few Weeks Ago, I Hadn’t Heard This Song In A Few Years.

Upon Hearing It Again, I Almost Cried.

It Really Hit Me Hard.

And Then, Most Recently, It’s Really Been Stuck With Me.

But That’s More A Testament As To Just How Powerful A Jam It Truly Is.

I Think If I Keep Talking About It, I Could End-Up Taking Away From What I’m Trying To Convey.

So I Think I’ll Just Shut-Up.

I’ll Shut-Up And Let The Song Speak For Itself.

I Sincerely Hope You Dig It’s Jive, My Peeps.

I Sincerely Do.

This Is One Of My Favorite Songs Ever.

And It’s A Song That Deserves To Be Heard, Fo SHO Fo SHO, Kiddies.

Fo SHO Fo SHO, Indeed.

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“…And Some Days I Pray For SILENCE… …And Some Days I Pray For SOUL… …Some Days I Just Pray To The God Of SEX And DRUMS And ROCK’N’ROLL! …” –MEAT LOAF (“I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (1993))

I’D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON’T DO THAT)” Was The Amazingly Wonderful Single Released Prior To The Release OfBAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL In 1993 By MEAT LOAF!!! Yeah. I Know. I’m Lame. My Bad. πŸ˜‰

Why Not, My Peeps?!

WHY NOT, INDEED!!!

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The Musical Highlight Of My Walk-About: “MERCY IN YOU” by DEPECHE MODE (1993)

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You Know What I Need

When My Heart Bleeds

I Suffer From Greed

A Longing To Feed

On The MERCY IN YOU…”

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I Was Actually Listening To The LIVE-Version OfMERCY IN YOUFrom The 1993 AlbumSONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION (LIVE)” By DEPECHE MODE !!!

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“…I Can’t Conceal

The Way I’m Healed

The Pleasure I Feel

When I Have To Deal

With The MERCY IN YOU…”

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DEPECHE MODE‘s StudioVersion OfMERCY IN YOU Is Also Rather Exceptional, But I Don’t Love It Quite As Much As The LIVE-Version. Still, The AlbumSONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTIONRemains A Personal Fave-Fave !!!

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“…I Would Do It All Again

Lose My Way And Fall Again

Just So I Could Call Again

On The MERCY IN YOU. …”

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Well, My Peeps…

…I Had The Ole MP3Player Churning-Out A Random Mix Of My Favorites When It Popped Onto This Little Number…

MERCY IN YOU

by DEPECHE MODE

…And I Noticed An Almost Immediate Change.

I Had Been Lolly-Gaggin’ About.

Just A Cruise-Mode Of A Walk.

Just A Quick Stretch Of The Legs, Ya Know?!

But Then…

MERCY IN YOU

…Started Playing.

And I Suppose You Could Say I Got A Little Into It.

All Of A Sudden, I Started Picking-Up-The-Pace.

MERCY IN YOU

…Is One Of My Favorite Jams…

…Yes…

…But It’s One I Hadn’t Heard In A Long While.

I Suppose My Player Had Been Holding Back With It.

Just Waiting Waiting Waiting For The Moment To Whip-It-Out-There.

Today, Said Moment Arrived.

Very Cool Beans, My Peeps.

I Don’t Know Why It Kicked Me Into A Higher Gear…

…But It Did.

And I Ain’t Gonna Scoff At That.

I’ll Take Motivation Any Way I Can Get It.

Today, It Was This Song.

Neato, Eh!?!

SURE IS!!!

MERCY IN YOU

…Is A Rather Catchy Little Number, Fo SHO.

I Ended-Up Listening To It THREE (3) TIMES During My Walk-About.

Why Not, Eh!?!

Why Not, Indeed!!!

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Hope Y’all Are Having A Decent Day.

It’s FRIDAY, So That’s VERY Neato!!!

I’m Sure Y’all Are Ready For The Weekend.

Well…

…Those Of You Who Aren’t Working, That Is.

But I Will Be.

I’ll Be Right Here.

Plugging Away.

Doin’ My Thang.

Aren’t You Just Lucky!?!

YOU BETCHA!!!

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Just An Amazing Song: “IN YOUR ROOM” by DEPECHE MODE (1993)

IN YOUR ROOM

Where Time Stands Still

Or Moves At Your Will

Will You Let The Morning Come Soon?

Or Will You Leave Me Lying Here?

Your Favorite Darkness

Your Favorite Half-Light

Your Favorite Consciousness

Your Favorite Slave…”

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My Copy Of The DEPECHE MODE Concert-FilmDEVOTIONALFeaturing Some Of Their Classic Tunes AND Songs Mainly From The AlbumSONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION!!!

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“…IN YOUR ROOM

Where Souls Disappear

Only You Exist Here

Will You Lead Me To Your Armchair?

Or Leave Me Lying Here?

Your Favorite Innocence

Your Favorite Prize

Your Favorite Smile

Your Favorite Slave…”

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“…I’m Hanging On Your Words

Living On Your Breath

Feeling With Your Skin

Will I Always Be Here?…”

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I Awoke This Morning Not Feeling Very Well.

A Bad Headache, For Starters…

…But Also The Tremor In My Right Hand/Arm Was Rather Heavily Pronounced.

I HATE Feeling Bad, As My Body Doesn’t Know How To Do Anything Half-Assed.

When It Feels Bad, By Golly GeeΒ Jiminy It Feels BAD.

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Sooo…

…I Decided To Try And Get A Little Work Done Here.

It Helps Take My Mind Off Of How I Feel.

It Gives Me Something To Focus On.

And So, Here I Am.

Writing To Y’all.

So…

…What’sΒ The Reason Behind My Selecting This Particular Song?

…Hmm…

…Well…

…Because…

IN YOUR ROOM

by DEPECHE MODE

…Truly Is An AMAZING Song.

I’m Listening To It As I Type This.

I’ve Been Listening To This Album…

SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION

…Since Just After I Awoke.

Β Now…

…I Know…

…How Can A Song Like This Be Helpful At 4:30 In The A.M.?!

Honestly…

…As Dark As The Song Can Be…

…It Puts Me In A Much Better Frame Of Mind…

…And Therefore…

…It Makes Me Smile.

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See…

…I’m Smiling.

Told Ya So.

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But How Can This Song Make Me Smile?

Well…

…Have You Ever Bothered To Listen To It?!

Some Of You Can Easily Shout-Out…

“YES!”

…And That’s Very Cool Beans By Me.

A Lot Of You…

…However…

…Would Have To Say…

“NOPE, SURE HAVEN’T!”

…And It Sincerely Is Your Loss.

“IN YOUR ROOM”

…Is Arguably The BEST SONG On The Entire Album.

Granted…

I FEEL YOU

…Is The Song That Got (and still gets) More Air Time…

…BUT…

IN YOUR ROOM

…To ME…

…Is VASTLY SUPERIOR To…

I FEEL YOU

…In So Many Ways.

.Period.

This Album Came-Out When I Was Just 13-Years-Old.

But I Was Rather Taken With It Even Then.

At That Point…

…I Admit…

I FEEL YOU

…Was The Big Song On The Album…

…And I Went Right Along With It.

BUT…

…As I Aged…

…I Became More Enamored With Other Songs On Said Album.

WALKING IN MY SHOES

&

CONDEMNATION

&

RUSH

&

GET RIGHT WITH ME

…All Of Which Are Wonderful Songs That I Sincerely Love.

Thing Is…

…I Love EVERY SONG On The Album.

It’s One Of Those VERY Rare Instances Where The Entire Album Speaks To One Part Of Me, Or Another.

And This Morning…

…I’m Simply Highlighting The Track That I Think Is Likely…

THE BEST

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Is It Also…

MY FAVORITE

??? ???

Hmm.

If It’s Not, I’m Not Sure Which Track Is.

IN YOUR ROOM

…Is A Truly Beautiful Song…

…And One That’s Hard To Stop Listening To Once You’ve Started.

The Lyrics.

The Pace And Rhythm.

DAVE GAHAN’s Voice.

Amazing.

Simply Amazing.

This Song Reminds Me Of A Much Different Time In My Life…

…When Things Were Crazy And Confusing.

It’s A Song Tied To Many Memories Of Those Crazy Teenage Years.

How I Survived Remains A Mystery To All, That’s Fo DAMN SHO!

And Since I Can’t Sleep…

…I’m Sharing A Part Of Myself With Y’all.

I’m Not Going To Get Into The History Of My Teenage Years…

…Mainly Because Y’all Already Went Through Your Crazy Teenage Years…

…Or You’re Going Through Them Now.

All I Can Say Is…

“THANK JEEBUS THEY’RE OVER!”

.Period Period.

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Please, My Peeps…

…If There’s ONE SONG…

…ONE SONG From ALL THE SONGS We’ve Talked About…

…I’d Suggest THIS SONG To You For The Purpose Of Giving It The Ole Once-Over.

IN YOUR ROOM

…Is One Of The Great Songs Of ALL-TIME.

It’s A Personal Favorite…

…And It’s A Song I Think A Lot Of You Would Lap-Up Like Mad.

PLEASE…

…Give It Go, Kiddies.

You Shant Be Disappointed.

At Least, I Hope You Shant.

If You Trust Me At All When It Comes To This Sort Of Thing…

…Then I Can Promise Promise PROMISE This Song Is Totally Worth Checking-Out.

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I Sincerely Hope Y’all Have A Decent Day.

I’m Going To Try To.

I May Not Succeed…

…But I’ll Be Trying, Dammit!!!

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The Song Stuck In My Head: “ONE CARESS” by DEPECHE MODE (1993)

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“…I’m Shying From The Light

I Always Loved The Night

And Now You Offer Me

Eternal Darkness. …”

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“…I Have To Believe That Sin

Can Make A Better Man

It’s The Mood That I Am In

That’s Left Us Back Where We Began. …”

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“…Oh Girl

Lead Me Into Your Darkness

When This World Is Trying It’s Hardest

To Leave Me Unimpressed

Just One Caress

From You And I’m Blessed. …”

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I Put On My MP3Player…

…Headed Out The Door On My Morning Walk…

…And This Song…

ONE CARESS

by

DEPECHE MODE

…Was Already Waiting For Me.

I Think I Played It FOUR TIMES During Said Morning Walk.

I Played BOTH The Studio Version AND The Live Version.

It Didn’t Matter To Me.

I Just Wanted To Hear It…

…And Again…

…And Again…

…And Again.

I Was Going To Do A Morning Mix…

…But All I Did Was Listen To The Whole Albums Of…

SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION

…And…

SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION: LIVE

…All The Way Through.

But Why The Song…

ONE CARESS

…Out Of All The Brilliant Songs On The Albums?!

Why Did This One Song Stick With Me Today?!

I’m Sort Of Unsure, Actually.

I Don’t Wanna Say…

“Because It’s The First Song I’d Heard Today.”

That Could Be It, I Dunno.

It’s The Simplest Answer.

But As DEPECHE MODE Question In Another Song On The Album…

"Is Simplicity Best Or, Simply, The Easiest?"

??? ???

That’s A Damned Good Question, Actually.

What Do YOU Think, Kiddies?!?

I’m A Touch Curious, To Say The Least.

ONE CARESS

…Is A Wonderful Song…

…And It’s Actually Paced Pretty Well For Walking Purposes.

It Kept Me Going Out There.

6AM And Already 80-Degrees Outside, But Feels Like 90?!

Yeah.

I Was Tired And Sweatin’ Hard By The End Of My Little Tour Of The Town…

…But, Once Again, Great Tunage Comes Through In The Clutch.

You Can’t Knock Great Tunage.

It’ll Come Through In The Clutch Many More Times Than Not.

That’s Good Enough For Me.

Is It Good Enough For YOU?!

Again…

…I’m A Touch Curious.

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Please Have A Great Friday, My Peeps…

…And An Even Greater’ish Weekend!!!

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Songs That Make Me Smile: “RIVER OF DREAMS” by BILLY JOEL (1993)

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“…In The Middle Of The Night

I Go Walking In My Sleep

Through The Jungle Of Doubt

To The River So Deep

I Know I’m Searching For Something

Something So Undefined

That It Can Only Be Seen

By The Eyes Of The Blind

In The Middle Of The Night…”

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“…I’m Not Sure About A Life After This

God Knows I’ve Never Been A Spiritual Man

Baptized By The Fire, I Wade

Into The River That Is Running To The Promised Land…”

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“…In The Middle Of The Night

I Go Walking In My Sleep

Through The Desert Of Truth

To The River So Deep

We All End In The Ocean

We All Start In The Streams

We’re All Carried Along

By The

RIVER OF DREAMS

In The Middle Of The Night. …”

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RIVER OF DREAMSIs The Title Song To BILLY JOEL‘s 1993 Album… …”RIVER OF DREAMS

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Alright…

…So How On Hell’s Half-Acre Does This Song…

RIVER OF DREAMS

by BILLY JOEL

…Make Bradley Smile???

Well…

…You Actually Have To Go Back To It’s Initial Release In 1993.

My Father Purchased The Album For My Mother And I…

…Since My Mother And I Were Chomping At The Bit To Get Our Hands On It.

As You Know Already…

Β (if you've kept up with my bloggin'ings over the past 8 months) 

…I Was Raised On The Music Of MR. JOEL.

I Was One Of The Only Kids I Knew Of Whom Could Honestly Call Himself…

“A BILLY JOEL FAN-BOY”

.Period.

But You See…

…There Was An Issue.

My BFF Was, At The Time, Listening To MAINLY “Contemporary Christian” Music…

…A Music Genera I’ve Never Been Able To Stomach.

SO…

…I Had A Plan.

Since This Album…

RIVER OF DREAMS

…Had An Almost Gospel’ish-Like Sound…

…I Was Going To Attempt To Convert Him Into Listening To The Music I Loved.

.Period Period.

The Problem Was…

…His Parents HATED My Music.

They Felt It Was Horridly UN-Christian.

I Know…

…It Doesn’t Sound Like Something That Would Make One Smile…

…But Hindsight Is Funny That Way.

You See…

…It Was WORKING!

I Was Succeeding In My Conversion!

Right Up To The Part Where MR. JOEL Sings Aloud…

“…God Knows I’ve Never Been A Spiritual Man…”

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OOPS!

Upon Hearing That Line…

…The Music Was Ejected From The Player…

…And I Was Sent Home For Attempting To Corrupt My Devoutly Religious Friend.

I Could Honestly Go On And On About This Subject…

…But, In Fairness To My BFF, I Shall Not.

Let’s Just Say This…

…The Music Eventually DID WIN!

Hell, It Won SO Convincingly…

…That My BFF Was The Person Whom Eventually Introduced Me To…

THE BLOODHOUND GANG

RICHARD CHEESE

KID ROCK

etc etc etc

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And NOW Y’all Can See WHY This Song Makes Me Smile.

RIVER OF DREAMS

by BILLY JOEL

…Was Step Number One In Helping My BFF Break-Free Of The Shackles That Had So Bound His Childhood.

I Don’t Take Total Credit For It, Though.

He’d Wanted To Break-Away For A Long, LONG Time.

He Just Didn’t Know How To Go About It.

Cue The Godless Heathen That Was HIS BFF…

…And BAAM!!!

The Snowball Began To Roll…

…And It Rolled And Rolled And Rolled.

And Now…

…He’s The Coolest Cat Anyone’s Ever Known.

He’s The Life Of The Party.

He’s The Man With The Plan.

He Picks Up What You’re Puttin’ Down.

He Can Read What You’re Writin’.

He Can Smell What You’re Cookin’.

He’s The Guy The Rest Envy, Because He Lives HIS Life HIS Way.

And It All Began…

…In Regard To MY PART In Helping Him Out…

…With A Jammin’ Little Tune By…

BILLY JOEL

!!! !!! !!!

How’z ’bout Them Apples!!!

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“Well, I Cussed Out My Boss… And Got Fired…” –ROBERT CRAY (“I’m Just Lucky That Way” (1993))

…Then I Hit The Lottery…

…And Now I’m Retired…

…The Odds Of That Happenin’…

…Slim To None…

…But I Wasn’t Surprised When I Won…

…It Happens Everyday…

…I’m Just Lucky That Way. …

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…I’m Not Braggin’…

…Don’t Take It Like That…

…But Good Things Just Seem…

…To Fall In My Lap…

…My Good Fortune…

…I Cannot Help…

…I’m Just Lucky…

…In-Spite Of Myself…

…It Happens Everyday…

…I’m Just Lucky That Way. …

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I’M JUST LUCKY THAT WAY” Is MY Favorite Tune Off ROBERT CRAY‘s 1993 Album “SHAME AND A SIN

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Good Morning, My Peeps.

Hope You’re All Simply SWELL This Loverly Mornin’!

It’s FRIDAY

…So I Decided To Bust-Out A Song For Y’all That SHOULD Bring A Smile To Your Collective Faces!

I Went With Good Ole…

ROBERT CRAY

…And One Of His ALL-TIME Smile-Inducing Jams…

I’M JUST LUCKY THAT WAY

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It’s A Classic Jam, Fo SHO, My Peeps.

The Lyrics Alone Have The Power To Make Oneself Smile Smile Smile…

…But His Masterful Guitar Work It’s Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

I’m Suggesting This One To Y’all Without Doubt OR Hesitation.

If You Like Classic BLUES-ROCK…

…With The Added Bonus Of Being Rather Upbeat…

…Then This Little Tune…

I’M JUST LUCKY THAT WAY

…Should Suit Your Needs PERFECTLY.

.PERIOD.

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Please Have A Great Friday, Kiddies.

Take Care (if possible).

Be Good (when possible).

Play Nice (if ya wanna).

L8r L8r, My Lovin’ Taters!!!

.PEACE.

.LOVE.

&

.AXLE-GREASE.

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