Saturday, July 27, 2013

They Used To Call Me The Breeze

Growing up in a family that moved from place to place about every year or two, I became used to not living in one spot for very long, and also became used to not establishing any long-term relationships nor any long-term commitments. Looking back upon it, I realize that growing up being exposed this type of parental lifestyle formed the foundation for my own adult life.

After becoming an adult myself, it was in 1976 when I left my family to begin my own itinerant life in this world. Except for the past decade or so, I've been on the move ever since.

I like change, I like new experiences, I like exploration, I like diversity, and - I don't carry me no load. Being on the move my entire life has had both it's advantages and disadvantages. But, such is life.

If you've been reading The Cynical Pharmacist for any length of time, then you'll understand that rock music has also played an important role in my life. I enjoy a lot of various music, but as most of the music videos that I've posted point out, I'm partial to the music of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s. It's the style of music that I grew up with and which played a formative role in my youth.

Having spent my teen life growing up in the South, I'm also partial to southern rock music, bands like ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and of course Lynyrd Skynyrd.

One of my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes is "Call Me The Breeze", not just because of it's fast-paced, kick-ass guitar jams, but because it describes my attitude about the continuous journeys in my life. It's the one song I play whenever it's time to move-on to a new adventure.

As such, I thought I would post this video in memoriam of the artist who wrote the song for Lynyrd Syknyrd - J.J. Cale, and who passed away on Friday. RIP J.J. Your great songs will live on forever.

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