In celebration of National Vietnam War Veterans day, Mar. 29, retired US Army Captain Carl Conge and his friends Roger Kirby, and Dave Gibson have released a new video to honor those who served in Vietnam.
Gibson – who is featured in the video, and sings lead on the song that accompanies it – is an Academy of Country Music Award Winner who has penned hits for some of the biggest names in country music.
“These Days (He’s Just Tryin’ to Get By)” tells the story of a young man who was drafted, sent to Vietnam with the company that participated in the My Lai Massacre, and returned home a much different person than the one who left to fight in Southeast Asia. It was inspired, in part, by Conge’s older Brother – a Vietnam veteran who passed away in 2010 due to health issues related to the exposure to Agent Orange.
Thank You Sir! From the bottom of my heart!
USN 69-78 / Vietnam 72
Except for a political injection in the middle of the concert
All in all it was a great night out with my daughter on Wednesday night at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. As expected Carlos Santana was awesome with his diverse guitar work. And his notable style . The set included some new works and , of course , the classics.
The only thing that did get my attention was that during a set about peace, love and understanding, he injected a monologue on the subject. By nature it was expected because he professes that theme and has for years. Unfortunately it included a commentary about how the government, the pentagon and others feed us BS. And that President Trump and North Korea just need to get along.
My take on this
What caught my ire was that it was all well and good until the political injection. I guess you can feel any way you want but I don’t need to have it thrown at me in the middle of a musical concert and as a captive audience. It seems that it has become commonplace for musicians, actors and other media “personalities” to hit me over the head with their take on events both political and social. You are entitled to your own opinion but I don’t remember using them as a guideline for making my own opinions.
Getting a reaction
In this case it was subtle and only mildly abrasive. But when you have Ashley Judd going media ballistic over being called “sweetheart” at an airport now you are going off the rails. And you get it every day from every corner from so called “celebrities” that just gotta say something about something because it is cool. Who cares?!
Unfortunately, more often than not, it creates a firestorm of controversy which gets them the attention they wanted but from both sides, good and bad. Many of these personalities you could care less about. Many times you have no clue who the hell they are! And for anyone that was neutral about them it just pushed some to distance them from that personality. And I am that way also.
Enough of my rant
I guess I just did what I was just talking about! Oh well! On with it! The concert was a musical festival of Carlos Santana at his best and despite the political injection a great time out.
Just one mans opinion.
My great grandson RJ is a new fan of my adopted theme song “I am a Dinosaur” by King Crimson. Complete with dancing and a roar!
Feel free to check out this recent version of my theme song. Enjoy!
And this gets my foot stompin! A primo mix. Enjoy!
Ian Anderson Plays for American Heroes
with the Virginia Military (VMI) Institute Jazz Band
On October 5, 2014 Ian Anderson and his band performed the Best of Jethro Tull Helping the Heroes at The National Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
Once again my favorite musical icon supports Helping The Heroes! I like it!
Global Campaign Against Improvised Explosive Devices
My favorite musician Ian Anderson is backing this initiative. And I like it. They are using his music as the soundtrack for one of their YouTube videos. Way cool!
Check it out! I like it.
You may want to check out the website HERE