Happy Birthday Bob Seger!
One of Michigan’s favorite sons turns 69 today and I thought we’d get a quick business lesson from his 1973 song “Turn The Page“ for our subject this TunesDay. It may be one of the best “road” songs ever written. As is our custom, a quick listen and then a business point:
You might be familiar with Metallica’s version in which the road-weary musician is transformed into a stripper/prostitute. The song’s been covered by many other musicians as well, probably because its message of the hours of boredom, bone-crushing travel in between performances resonates with anyone who’s ever lived that life. Then again, you don’t have to be a musician – the 100,000 miles I used to travel a year (fortunately when air travel was much less painful) had me singing this song to myself more than once.
You hear the weariness in the sax line – it sounds like a late night after a long day. You also hear the challenges of dealing with people who judge you for how you look and not who you are. It’s a song about putting up with “all the other stuff” for this:
Out there in the spotlight you’re a million miles away
Every ounce of energy, you try to give away
As the sweat pours out your body like the music that you play
The moment when you can do what you love and bring joy to everyone involved. Isn’t that a little of what we all live with each day? It may be the slog through traffic or a stuck train. It might be working on a the parts of a project – footnotes, cleaning up a presentation – that are really drudgery. It’s knowing that even though it’s raining at the moment, there will be a glorious day of sunshine.
Happy Birthday, Bob. Thanks for reminding us that we need to keep turning the page and looking ahead to the good stuff.