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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain

You can learn a lot just by paying attention to the most random things.  Sirius XM’s decades channels are great for some of that flashback knowledge, especially the countdown shows.  For instance, I was listening to ‘80’s on 8 a few Sunday’s ago.  They had gotten into the top 10 and one of the songs was Eddy Grant’s “Romancing The Stone”.  As some of you may recall, there was a 1987 movie with Michael Douglass and Kathleen Turner called Romancing The Stone.  Grant’s song was meant to be used as the movie’s theme song.  In fact, the deal was done.  Grant had written the song with the understanding that it would be the movie’s theme.  The decision was later made, however, to go another direction vis a vis the theme.  They did end up using the song in the closing credits.  Not exactly what Grant was promised or had hoped for.


John Sabastian’s brother Mark wrote “Summer In The City” as a poem. John later turned it into a hit for his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. I learned that little tidbit on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. 

I was listening to the Garth Channel, as I often do, and he recalled the feeling he had when he first heard his debut single “Much Too Young” on the radio for the first time.  He says he was driving and about ran this lady off the road because he was so excited!

Garth’s story got me thinking of when I first saw my first column in the old Butler County Post about 20 some years ago (give or take).  Looking back, that first music review was embarrassing.  You’ve got to start somewhere though.  Am I right? A few decades later and some freelance stories and poetry that I foolishly threw away later, and I think I’ve gotten a little better. 

That’s all for this week.  Thanks for reading!


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