Terry Lefebvre, over on Facebook, posted a video of me playing "Good Times Roll" at the Triple Play pub in Chilliwack a few Thursdays ago. It's definitely a jam, but it also sounds kinda' good. For a bunch of people playing the song when we've never rehearsed, it's pretty fun.
I can't seem to embed it, but here's a link: CLICK HERE.
When Ric Ocasek, lead writer for The Cars, passed away a couple weeks ago, I got pretty sad. The Cars were one of the first rock groups I really connected with. When I was only 12 years old or so, my sister came home with a vinyl copy of their debut album. I played it over and over again and the music never wore out on me.
When I went through the classic "throw out your secular music" phase of my evangelical youth, The Cars were one of the hardest ones to justify. The music was just too good; the lyric connected with me too much. Destroying it felt wrong.
Ocasek's songs have always stuck with me and they're a regular feature of my solo live shows. They're often just a little too complex for the average pub jam, but they're nonetheless solid crowd-pleasers.
So singing "Good Times Roll" and a few others at a pub jam seemed approriate.
Rest in peace, Ric.
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