Burton Cummings... Entertainer, Musician and Navigator.
What a great show Friday night by Burton Cummings.
That sentance doesn't even begin to descibe how fantastic Burton was on stage. Song after song. Hit after hit. He just kept going. For damn near 2 hours, a 64 year-old legend rocked his face off and did the same to everyone in the audience.
I could go on about Burton's performance this past weekend at Kinsman Cornwall Lift-Off, but something else made me go "hmmmmm" during the show. His message.
I've been listing to the music of Burton Cummings and The Guess Who for a while now, as have most of you. And sometimes when you hear a song or a particular artist enough times, the message of what they're sing about gets lost.
I brought my Mom to the show on Friday night and she, of course, "Loved It" But I had said to her earlier in the evening that some of that music was dated and maybe that was why some young people haven't embraced this Legend's work. She disagreed with me and after the show on Friday, I disagreed with me.
After hearing Burton sing his hit songs like "Undun", "No Time" and especially "Stand Tall" I realized that his music was as relevant as ever. In fact, over the rest of the weekend, I played some of the great music from the 60's and early 70's that spoke about "Peace & Love" on my IPOD and began to remember why my Dad had played this music in the house when I was growing up. It's probably the same reason your parents played it for you or why you listened to it for yourself when you were growing up. It's more than great music. It's a blueprint. A map. It's the directions to a future that these artists couldn't fully see themselves. But they knew that it was the path that we need to take if we are to become better human beings. Yes, that is a little deep and no, I didn't special brownies to come to this conclusion.
Let your kids musical taste develop as it will but make sure your letting them listen to artists who will change their entire out look on life. Pull out your old Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder records and please "Teach your children well".
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