Excitable Boy

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Today’s Runner is a wonderful set of yarns served up by the Excitable boy himself Warren Zevon.

“Send lawyers, guns and money, DAD get me out of this – Haaa!”

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Chicago Transit Authority

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Soon, finally to be inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame, Chicago Transit Authority, better known as CTA, destine to simply be Chicago hit the scene in April of 1969 with this their juggernaut debut. The original band was actually two highly stylized units that coexisted with remarkable singularity. On the one hand, listeners were presented with the incendiary rock quartet of Terry Kath (lead guitar/vocals), Robert Lamm (keyboards/vocals), Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), and Danny Seraphine (drums). They were augmented by the equally aggressive power brass trio that included Lee Loughnane (trumpet/vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walter Parazaider (woodwind/vocals). This combination created a fusion of rock with jazz never to be seen before and not to be matched since. The mix of blues-based classic rock with muscular brass is packaged within powerful pop arrangements such as BeginningsI’m a Man, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? and much much more to provide well over and hour of pavement pounding musical inspiration.

Take it up Lake Shore Drive and enjoy the panorama!

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Vivid

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Given all the political attention (or tension) over a certain reality TV personality lately, I thought this would be a relevant and appropriate choice for Today’s Runner.

Living Colour hit the scene in 1988 with this, their debut, album Vivid and its mega hit Cult of Personality. Vivid lays funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul and rap onto a solid bed rock n’ roll release and Living Colour deliveres it to the masses through exciting stage shows and interesting politically laced MTV music videos. I caught them at the Riviera Theater in 1989. It was a wild show and, I think probably the last time I indulged in the whole mosh pit experience. The album had a second minor hit in Glamour Boys and a great cover of Talking Heads’ Memories Can’t Wait. Other relevant highlights include the Zep inspired Desperate People, What’s Your Favorite Color and Which Way to America.

Webster defines Cult of Personality as: a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved. The Donald may fit that definition even though the loudest voice proclaiming his admiration is his own. I just hope that when voting time comes around the rest of the country can distinguish between personality and genius.

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