“The Genetic Method”

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“The Genetic Method” is a weird, instrumental tour de force by Garth Hudson in the Band.  This was probably the point in the concert when the rest of the Band went offstage for a quick smoke/drink/hit of whatever drugs they were doing.  This live bit was generally paired with the equally weird “Chest Fever” in concerts.  It’s not as rocking as I feel right now, but it is the perfect song for tonight.  It hits that perfect moment at about 5:57 in the clip.

Happy New Year, everybody!  May this year be better than the last.

“Hard Times Come Again No More”

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My life is not poor.  I have economic stability, a good roof over my head, and support if I need it.  Stephen Foster wrote this song about poverty, and the fear and heartache it brings to people who’s only crime is to not have enough of anything.  But the feeling of the hard times he wrote about resonates with any troubles a body might be having.  And goodness knows, I’ve had my troubles this year.

This has been the hardest year I’ve ever known.  I know many of you have had hard times this year.  May all our hard times come again no more.

Happy New Year to you all.