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Today is the anniversary of the sinking
On Nov. 10, 1975 the Great Lakes ship S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank…
The rock music and folk music of the ‘60s had morphed into a flood of ballads. Helen Reddy, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean, Bobbie Gentry, Vicki Lawrence, they all had ballads. Every time you turned on the radio someone was singing a story. And the combination of words and music made the full story stick in your head.
I have to wonder if ballads influenced my writing as much as punk music did.
And, yes, ballads are near impossible to dance to. One brain center atrophies while another hypertrophies.
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