“I’ve got to run to keep from hidin’
And I’m bound to keep on ridin'”
The 1973 reference is when the Allman Brothers were the biggest band in the country. Duane had died two years before, but the band carried on, ate a peach, and emerged with the “Brothers and Sisters” album that was so prevalent we were all ramblin’ men and women.
Remember 1973… scratch that, you probably weren’t even alive back then. The preoccupation of young males was the stereo shop on Saturday afternoon followed by some tuning of your ride. Back in the day music used to be a commitment. You actually had to step out of the house and go to your local store to buy the vinyl album. After paying with hard earned cash you returned home to the Marantz amplifier and Advent speakers, dropped the Dual turntable needle and digested it.
America has a bit of an outlaw culture. Boomers understand this as the great American pastime was to get in a vehicle or put some wind in the face and set off across this great country of ours, where no one knew where you were going, or where you were, which is exactly how you liked it, because we don’t really want to be boxed in, we want to be free.
So, today I’m driving north on the spot where all commuters know traffic grinds to a halt, pushing the buttons on the satellite radio and I hear “Midnight Rider.” It’s the track that got all the airplay from the “Laid Back” album. And I’m instantly transported back to that high-school swagger in art class with this playing in the background. Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’ve become a member of the over-the-hill gang.
Probably, but I’m past the point of caring.
Do we really have any choice but to keep on keepin’ on? We keep on ridin’ because the road really does go on forever. Around every bend are not only unforeseen potholes, but a lot of pleasures. And just like the hopeful grooves in those old vinyl favorites they are as powerful today as it was back in 1973.
Older? Yes. Over the hill? Hardly.
We’re still ridin’ and groovin’. We’ve got the wind in our face, the power of music in us and no one is going to catch us midnight riders!
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