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Friday BBQ Spotify 3/8/13

2 Comments8 March 8:08


The world lost some good people this week. Growing up in Houston, my friend Dickie Howard was a multi-threat athlete, excelling in most everything. Quieter than most – more importantly, he was always a good model for how to be a tough man and still keep your ego in check and be a sweetheart to everyone. Dickie was a man’s man, but he was also just a good guy. I met my friend Vicky Marlow later in life when we were both trying to make our way in the tech business in the ’80′s. Quiet by nature, but smart as a whip and drop-dead gorgeous, Vicky would hear me talking about needing to entertain someone to close some business, and she would come over and whisper in my ear “We’ll close ‘em. Pick me up before you take them to dinner.” Where she would show up in a short skirt looking like a million bucks. Vicky was enjoying middle age with her grown kids and finally overcoming a painful congenital hip condition when she accidentally took a prescribed medication with an over-the-counter pain reliever. And she never woke up. People, be careful with your “simple” pain relievers. Those warnings are there for a reason.



And then to top this week off, Alvin Lee, one of the icons from the music revolution of the 1960′s, went in for some “routine” surgery on Wednesday at age 68 and never recovered. Alvin was the centerpiece of the rock group Ten Years After, who are responsible for one of the most revered pieces of live music ever recorded when they performed “Goin’ Home” at Woodstock in 1969. So after all this, I figured we’d dip back in time this week. And every time I do, I remember just how much there is to choose from. One of these days, I know I’m gonna have to put together a Spotify set just from the rock group Cream. (For those of you under 30, that’s who Eric Clapton started playing with. Well actually, that was the Yardbirds, who also spawned Jeff Beck’s career, among other notables. Wow, we may have to go rock-crazy here for awhile. The late ’60′s and early ’70′s were a great time for music.)


Besides “Goin’ Home,” the music that Ten Years After are best known for was a politically-centered piece titled “I’d Love to Change the World.” There’s no doubt that much of the music from this period was politically charged and a lot of people were drawn to it for political sentiment and wanting to do and be something different, shatter gender stereotypes, or break down racial prejudice, but many of us just loved the new music and how it sounded. My family and friends still listen to some of these when we go camping or do a cookout at the park, and even though there’s usually some people who complain about it, at some point, a few brave souls under the age of 25 drift over because they like what they hear, and want to join the party. So take these cuts this weekend and blast your neighborhood to smithereens. The same people that usually complain will probably still complain, but a few young, brave, and idealistic souls will probably want to listen too. And maybe, just maybe, we can all still help change the world.


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Mark is the Business Manager and resident “Smokologist” for Tex Howard’s Pit-Smoked Bar-B-Que. He loves his girls, the San Francisco Giants, the great states of California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and any food that’s been smoked.

2 Responses to "Friday BBQ Spotify 3/8/13"
  1. Melissa March 8, 2013 10:03

    What a great post Mark. I didn’t really know Dickie but he sounded like the type of person you always want around. And condolences to you for the loss of your friend Vicki.

    • Mark Johnson March 8, 2013 11:03

      Melissa, I don’t know how he was as an older man, but he was a peach as a young one. And being someone who used to be too casual about taking over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches, Vicki’s was a real shock to me.

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