Number 92 – No Apprehension, to Give my Attention to a Song Ready to Receive a Pension

Some songs make onto lists like these, even though, in my opinion, they probably shouldn’t make it.. At least not anymore anyway. Some songs should probably just fade away into retirement, ride off into the sunset… You know, like that old Cowboy from days of old…. Maybe just bring it out once in a great while for a special live event. Or maybe hand it off to a newer group trying to find their way. I mean after all, that’s how this 1 got here in the first place.

I feel this way about a lot of songs, not just this one from Aerosmith… But sometimes you have to keep ’em there because of the credentials they come with. Because of the credentials there born with, Unlike some of the guys I work with, I think they get the job because the “Good Ol’ Boy” network. Everyone knows someone like that,, and for the most part the guy (or girl) could do the job just fine, but maybe not as good as somebody newer, fresher. Or, maybe just not as good somebody else who’s been around a while, but with a little bit more edge, little bit more raw energy… In reality though there’s a lot of these types that are just a lot better, but never get that chance because people that make the decisions are comfortable with who, or in this case “what” they know…

This is 1 of those songs. Yeah… it’s a song that has definitely paid it’s dues. Great some days to listen too, just like when to grandpa’s told his old stories of days long ago. Yep, even the same stories we’ve herd 100s of times. We will listen again with respect for what it is… the time he, or in this case; “it” served. Oh, the stories it could tell… But, in my opinion, it’s time to honor it the way it should be. It can’t be ranked anymore. It needs a “Lifetime” achievement award. It doesn’t need to be disrespected with a number a #92 spot, or a #49 spot, any spot.
Some might say; “Mike doesn’t like it anymore”… some might say; “He’s tired of hearing it”, some might be correct, but the reality is, I think we should let it ride off into the sunset…

First recorded Tiny Brasshawin in 1951, and then later in in ’56 by Johnny Burnette and the Rock N Roll Trio in fantastic and sexy cutting edge Elvis style. Fully set up for that Rock a Billy riff and Jitterbug dancing, a jump Stle Blues thrown in. This was the base of what was to come..  Johnny’s style was considered one of the first to intentionally distort the sound of a guitar.

The in 1965 a few more kids from Great Brittain decided to “bend” it a little more, creating a true train whistle sound, that set Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on their ways to being household names… at least among young rockers. Along with the addition of harmonica to keep it’s it’s roots. The Yardbirds recorded a different version of the song for the movie “Blowup” in ’66, which was “key” in the future of a boy from Lawrence and Hopedale, MA…

Joe remembers that “Train Kept A-Rollin” was the only song we had in common when we first got together. Steven’s band had played ‘Train’ and Tom and I played it in our band … It’s a blues song, if you follow its roots all the way back … I always thought if I could just play one song, it would be that one because of what it does to me”.[36] Perry’s band began performing the song regularly after he had been moved by the performance of “Stroll On” in Blowup; Steven’s memories of it are a bit different; his band opened for the Yardbirds in 1966:

“We found out that Jeff had left the band and Jimmy was playing lead guitar by himself. I watched him from the edge of the stage and all I can say is that he knocked my tits off. They did ‘Train Kept A-Rollin” and it was just so heavy. They were just an un-fuckin’-believable band!”

I’m not sure if it’s funny, or sad, but Jeff Beck says; there are times when he plays and people tell him how much they like his style of Aerosmith’s hit…

Anyway, without further adieu…
This is Train…

Published by

BrotherSpike80

I am a man of simple means. My family is what's important to me. My family and my 3 girls mean more to than the sun! If you ask me what I think, I will tell you straight! So don't ask if you don't wanna know. I like people who are real and don't like those who aren't. You'll know where you fit with me pretty quick. I give most everyone the benefit of the doubt, at least until they prove me wrong. I've lived most my life like there was no tomorrow, at least until my daughters were born, and then even a bit after. By the way; That is NOT good advice... just a statement. I don't believe in "Halfway" Why put on the skis if you're not gonna at least try the face? But I also believe that there is more than Black and White. I believe in where I came from, I don't believe what I went through was ALL worth it! I believe in doing the right thing, more than doing what's right! I believe in "true" friendship, I also know that 99% of them aren't true. I will live a happy life and die a complete man if my kids learn from my mistakes.