I'm talking Steve Winwood sang the life-changing "Had To Cry Today," the other night at The Greek.
It's already written that today will be one to remember
The feeling's the same as being outside of the law
Had to cry today
Well, I saw your sign and I missed you there
Many thanks to Mr. Bob Lefsetz who continually informs about the music industry. He heard Steve belt this one out the other day. About it, Bob says:
"it connected in a way regular life never did...so as to believe that everything truly could be right with the world, that someone got it, and if we could just go on the road with the band our lives would be perfect." -Bob Lefsetz
These are pretty powerful words. Bob knew the scene back in '60s and, from my layperson's perspective, knows the commercialized music scene today. Music wasn't just a magic carpet ride to an imaginary place, but the young music fans believed wholeheartedly that the music would transform their existence, their country, their planet. The messages found in music like Winwood's are still fresh and powerful. Maybe we're not roadies, but we can still apply these words to our daily lives. Anyway, I like my flannel sheets from the Company Store. They don't have those on tour.
Do you see or not see someone's sign and ever "miss you there"?
I wonder if Jason Flom, a music industry executive whose daughter I had the pleasure of teaching in the late '90s, respects Bob's insights. I mean, I think they're good. I think historically Jason has been a successful outside-of-the-box thinker in the music biz.
But, Jason was there, too, well, at least in the 70s. He gets the spirit of the '60s, for sure. Just don't have peanuts on your breath if you ever have the chance to meet him because he's got a severe peanut allergy. You'd know that, too, if you kept up with your New Yorker readings.
Here's an incredible preservation of Blind Faith's only live recording of "Had to Cry Today," and their first gig, to boot!
This is an important video for all peoples to view in its entirety.
Note Steve's purple shirt.
If you can groove along to this tune, we have stuff to talk about.