Number 64… Have You Taken That Ride?

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It’s Not the Friend That Leads You Down the Wrong Path, It’s Your Desire to Have a Friend That Will Go With You.

Thank God they’re still alive –

And “The Handbook” continues… It’s as if they have a window into my soul, into my life. That’s not necessarily a good thing by the way… Or, as if I am somehow connected. I’m not writing this as if I’m alone with this view, or concept, this perception. I’m writing this, on the behalf of not only myself, but many, many others, who have similar experiences.

It’s not unusual for a person to relate, on an extreme level, to a song, or two from an artist or group… But catalogues upon, catalogues? You have to admit, it’s as if it’s a kind of soundtrack in a sense. Maybe it’s because of the subject matter that almost everyone can identify with, at least at some point in their lives. Although even with that said, I’m still not sure if some of their biggest fans really understand some of this stuff.

This is such a beautifully sad, and frankly pathetic song. I don’t mean pathetic in a sense of artistry, rather pathetic in the sense of character understanding. It’s pathetic in the sense of what some of us do to “feel”, to give “feeling”, and sometimes even though there was never any harm intended, just a matter of caring that probably went too far. Farther than one is qualified to care.

“Oh… when you cross that line that ’choo know you can’t erase
To fall in lust not love ain’t no sin at all…”

Chris Willman of “Entertainment Weekly” said;
“The songs to not listen to on the album are “Fly Away from Here”, “Luv Lies”, “Avant Garden”, “Just Push Play”, “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, and “Outta Your Head”, but the rest of the songs on the album are tolerable… and thinks, the album overall is good but not great”

Who knows, maybe at the time it came out, I felt the same way. But now-a-days, there’s just too much depth, to not give notice. I will agree, that structurally the song doesn’t give us much, but lyrically, for me at least, I think its top shelf… Maybe it’s because the majority of the people that listen, really can’t relate. Maybe it comes across as “shallow”, and cheap to some… I don’t get that… I mean sure, it’s there, if that’s where you wanna go with it, but for me, It’s about crying out. Crying out to feel, and doing, and going, and giving the feeling that you want in return, and the lengths you’ll go to not only give it to someone who wants it,  and needs it, but to hopefully receive it…

In this world we live in, we don’t have a comprehension, an understanding, of what’s in the “middle”… How do you say to someone, you don’t want to love them, you just want to fuck them? But you don’t really wanna “just” fuck them, you want to “experience” them, on a level that’s not just lust, but it certainly isn’t love either.  And maybe it’s not about sex at all, but more about a deep caring connection, but you don’t understand how to do just that…

Sure we’ve all been there, some of us more than others. However, it is most often the case that it was never as easy as we thought it would be. And almost always is way more complex than we ever could have imagined. It’s often the case, that those three words we have the hardest time saying to those closest to us, come out easily to those who will never be that close…

“So much for mind games you play to win
‘Cuz first you lose your heart’s desire
Then you get it back
But ignorance ain’t bliss
There’s so much more behind the kiss… I’m feelin…”

David Fricke of Rolling Stone, said;
“They’re still a good band and it is lucky for them to still be around, but he also said that they “had not made a ‘great album’ since ‘Rocks’”

I’m not sure who wrote the following, but for me, this sums up the aftermath of this song… Some say, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger… You know what? Maybe it does you, but for me, and my experiences, it takes an awful lot out of me and those around me. I’m not sure if I’m stronger, or that it’s even given me more character… But I do carry on the best I can, the best I know how, with what’s left in the middle…

“Count your blessings — and theirs. By now, after thirty years of big rock, hard drugs, wasted fortunes and seesaw chart rides, singer Steven Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer should either be dead or babbling incoherently. Instead, Aerosmith are our most treasured and reliable warrior clowns, the original Ol’ Dirty Bastards. They don’t carry on with the dignity of old blues buddhas — Aerosmith just plain carry on.”

However, whoever wrote the above, also wrote the following… I guess my point here is that, yeah sometimes the ballads suck the “Rock” right of the “Roll”… But then sometimes I’m not sure that people like the guy who wrote this, ever really rolled at all…

“Frankly, whenever Aerosmith get sentimental on Just Push Play, I wanna push fast forward…  “Luv Lies” comes with a dash of blues-cough harmonica and a lyrical twist — it’s basically about the kind of people who say “I love you” just to get laid — but never surges beyond cigarette-lighter la-la-la.”

Maybe that’s true to some, but I choose to believe different. Aerosmith has plenty of songs about “just getting laid” and doing whatever it takes to make that happen…. But this… this song is different on much deeper levels. This is a song about connections made that people don’t understand, and because they don’t understand it, there is confusion, frustration, and pain… and lies. Lies because you don’t know the truth, and if you do, right or wrong, you care enough about the people involved to try and protect them from truths that don’t even matter. And the aftermath of that… that mistake… That lack of understanding of yourself… the lack of comprehension of what you’ve done…

Maybe from my own introspect, maybe from trying to justify some of the life long paths I’ve followed, as if they were somehow different than the way society sees them, I’ve come to terms with mistakes made out of compassion. In my lifetime I’ve learned that people as a whole “feel’ on so many different levels. It’s difficult to comprehend just how many levels there are, and what one person wants or needs doesn’t even scratch the surface of another. Maybe that’s why some people come off as cold, or unemotional, and then others so warm and caring. Maybe that’s why some are regarded as prudish in their acceptance of intimacy, while others need to take it to the extreme. I don’t judge.

For me personally though, the intrigue is when you cross paths with someone who just wants to feel, and be felt. Intriguing as it is, it’s also so very confusing in so many ways. Our society is so quick to judge, so quick to categorically compartmentalize people’s actions and needs and wants turn it into whatever fits their comprehension best.  For so many of us, it’s difficult to navigate the alley-ways between what is acceptable, what is shameful, what is freedom, what is empowering, and what is simply satisfying. We as a society have demanded more from the intimate encounters we might have, when in fact, maybe there just isn’t more than the feeling of intimacy.

We manufacture a reason behind a need, we will say things to give credibility to nothing more than a connection of souls. And yet at the same time, while we are desperately trying to build on nothing more than maybe a moment in time, we don’t acknowledge a simple greeting on the street. How we interact in our lives on a daily basis, whether it be, intimate, discreet, or social, carries weight in the make up of our self worth. It leaves a mark. And sometimes without understanding the depth of our own interactions, that mark can leave scars.

I’ve noticed through my time, that many of us, sometimes often in our lives, reach points of loneliness, and yet want to be alone, and yet don’t want to be alone at all. That in it’s self can be a very strange concept to understand, even for the individual. Moreover as a person of compassion, we often want to help that person not feel lonely, and yet have no clue really how to do that, other than help them “feel”. This is the area where we often find ourselves crossing, and even asking the individual to cross into, and over emotional boundaries that we may not even realize exist, all for the willingness to “feel” and give “feeling”. It’s a dangerous path, but also one that many of us would take, and do take, just to show someone they matter. To help someone feel wanted, needed… And even more so, when that person is already close to us in some way, by friendship, or maybe acquaintance. Realizing what you may give up beforehand though, is another story.

It’s difficult for me to judge anyone who has crossed that line, with the integrity of nothing more than compassion for another. It’s hard for me to judge the individuals who allowed themselves to cross that line, of course given these are their true motivating factors. However, it’s when those lines that were crossed, it’s when these people have found themselves in a state of “what do we do now”, that is the most difficult area to navigate. This is when the pain of expectation without reason comes. This is when the pain of rejection because of inability to follow through comes. This is when the pain of not understanding the differences between compassion and passion hit so very hard. This is when the pains experienced of those around you, are in ways never imagined. This is when the realization of your own lack of comprehension remain.

“When loneliness and paranoia feeds me
God help the person… fff… who needs me… yeeaaah…”

We revert back to the original reason for the connection in the first place… we manufacture what needs to be heard, words, actions, feelings, to create a reason that we care, as if it needs further definition. This is what this song is about. This is not only about those connections in life, random as they may be, but also the ones that we have cultivated over years and years of time, when maybe the passion is gone, but compassion remains. This is about the guilt, the realization of what a partner, friends, society will label you as, without knowledge, or even the slightest understanding of what is real, of what or who you actually are. It’s about knowing who you are, or better yet, “what” you are, and also knowing that it is not generally accepted.

No this isn’t about “Just getting laid”…

If you ever find yourself in a position to “Tell I Love You Lies”, try real hard to just recognize the moment, recognize the consequences, recognize the future pains that are sure to follow. When the lies start, they can’t be fixed, they might be forgiven, but they won’t be forgotten. Not by you, not by those involved. Careful what you give up, careful of those affected.

“If Ignorance is bliss, take me off the list”- Simply meaning, nobody needs that kind of bliss. The pains that follow loves lied, are promises never meant to be kept. You can’t fix that.

There are a few people I know that have disdain for Marti Frederickson, and Mark Hudson, because of the baggage they bring, and although I don’t know Joe personally, I do know that he is one of the people who have expressed those views. However, I choose to take a different stance… It’s not the friend that leads you down the wrong path, it’s your desire to have a friend that will go with you.

Enough of the lectures earned on lessons learned. Enjoy it for what it is, it’s when we make more out of it than it is, is when we make mistakes.

“And tell me when your wit’chor best friend’s friend
Do you still feel outta place
No thanks I took that ride
God only knows I tried believin’…”

Simply put, these guys can write a song! I’m not one for ballads all that much, but sometimes…
Sometimes!

No thanks, I took that ride…
I’m not going to give up what I got…”

Number 24 – Misery Enjoys Company

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Oh Contraire Mi Amore’!!!

Most people I’ve talked to about this song just ain’t too fond of it, or even kind to it at all. As a matter of fact, besides my wife Mary, and myself, I would say that most of the people whose comments I’ve read and/or talked to about this song, would have a very distinct dislike for it.

The older Blue Army generation says it outright sucks compared to anything from Rocks. The middle generation says it’s not nearly as good as “Love in an Elevator”. The youngest generation… well, they probably have no real clue of what to compare it to. And to be honest, that’s probably a good thing… personally, I absolutely love this song!

The funny thing though, is that not unlike several other Aerosmith albums, I wasn’t fond of this album myself when it came out, and I’m sure I wasn’t too fond of this song either. But, as with most Aerosmith records, they tend to grow on ya’. The more you listen, the more you like. Mary, she liked it the first time she heard it.

Maybe I started liking it because I started relating to it. Maybe it’s just because I realized how really, really good it is. Maybe it’s because it has both Classic Aerosmith, and the sound of “fresh and new”, all wrapped around a very catchy melody, with very distinct meanings, great rhythm, great Joe Perry riffs, with Joey and Tom’s playing so very key in the tempo of the song, it’s almost as if they’re playing lead in this song. And just listen to those jangling guitars, and just… WOW!

Oh… and btw; Tower of Power was invited to the biggest band in world’s recording of this song for their horns, and then they complained later that they were drowned out by the guitars… Uhm… you guys… Aerosmith is a loud guitar band….
Just sayin’…

Is he talkin’ to Mia, is he talking to Taj, is it Chelsea he’s talking to, Liv, to Teresa, his band members, or who? I have no real clue. I know that the band is deep, but they don’t often go very deep, at least not in the way of politics, or lecturing some kind of stance. But perhaps that’s one of the most beautiful things about this band, if they are sending you a message at all; it’s up to the listener to determine what that message is.

So, could it be that it’s about the state of mind of Americans in general? Could it be that this song is sung from the perspective of the American government? Or, could it be just a little tiff between a husband and wife? Or a message to a child who is trying their best to stand on their own, and have their own ideas and opinions, which may be contrary to their father’s, not realizing where those contrary ideas came from to begin with? You choose. That last thought though for me, hits real close to home…

Although I can’t source this, I’ve read; “According to Steven, he wrote the song while thinking of his youngest daughter Chelsea, and how he missed much of her childhood because he was touring. He feels he jaded her and himself by not being available, due to band commitments or drug problems.

But then later, Marti does an interview with Boombox saying that it was HIS 1st “pop” hit, and also said;
“I don’t know what happened that day, but it all came to me and Steven in a few hours. We were at his house and I remember he was on the phone. Anyway, I started playing the main riff and singing the melody. I didn’t have the word ‘jaded’ yet — that was his thing. (songfacts.com)

My thoughts are that this is a generational song. Whether it be a parent to a child, or the government to the public, or an older generation to a younger one, it’s simply that people are usually Jaded by what has come before them.

I realize people sometimes live their lives vicariously through others. Whether their idols may be their kids or celebrities, many of us just can’t help but envy, or even just wonder what it would be like to live “A day in the Life”. I guess in a similar way, I’m not any exception. However, I’m not sure I would really enjoy that kind of a day as Steven Tyler all that much, maybe Joe….

I guess what I’m trying to say here is, as I’ve said before; Steven and I share so many commonalities just in personality alone, at least from what I’ve learned from afar. I can get a sense, a feel, for his everyday life. Or at least what it once was. I truly believe Steven has settled over his years, and finally become who he has always tried to be. He has always wanted to be both the Mega Super Star, and yet be his own child-like self, from his days before he was discovered. He has always wanted to be Steven Tyler, and yet he’s forever wanton for Steven Tallerico. It’s a Yin and Yang, that some of us battle everyday all on our own.

Albeit, I could never relate to the stardom part of it, I do share his desire, his need for attention, and yet at the very same time, just want everything to be non-descript. Steven has always written with his own sense of contraire, his own sense of “inside/out”. It’s often the case that I find myself in complete opposite opinions, or POV’s from the status quo, not for any desire to be contrary, but more so just because I am.

I often think about what it would be like to be so easy going. I think of how it would be so much easier to just “go along with it”. I imagine what it would be like, to NOT cause your own stress, to NOT create your own disposition. It’s not that I can’t be easy going, I actually can be, and I am pretty often, but it’s almost odd that it comes when others are stressed, and I’m stressed when others are not. The bible says Envy is one of the7 Deadly Sins. I wear that one! I don’t lie about it. I don’t envy people’s possessions; I envy others’ character, and even sometimes their lack of it.

It’s been my experience in life, that the most passionate and compassionate people, are also sometimes the most cynical. Is that because they feel on a deeper level? Or is it because they’re too foolish to know that nobody else gives a shit? Or can it be that when you’re so compassionate to one extreme, that you have to be hardened towards the other extreme? I sometimes envy those who don’t feel too much. When those types of people are let down by someone, or something, they don’t have as far to fall. The trick for me, and others I’m sure, is not to let my passion get in the way of my compassion. Balance…

The trend over the last 10 or 20 years in this country, is for people to say things like; “I don’t give a fuck what you think!”, and then in the same breath, they wonder; “What has happened to America?” Just take a look on social media sites, and you will see countless posts from people who are “Out of ‘Fucks” to give”. That’s cool, I get it… However, I think that a lack of humility towards one another leads to lack of humility as a society. Just thinking maybe we ought to start “giving a fuck” again, or maybe a few “fucks”. I think the world would be better off if we not only gave a good fuck more often, but also received one. That’s probably just me though, always contrary to what’s “hip”.

“Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new.”

-S.Tyler

Thinking maybe he should listen to what he says himself sometimes, but then maybe we all should…

The song was written by Steven, and Marti Fredericksen, who has quite the resume’, working with some of the biggest names in the business. The man can crossover very easily from Country to Rock to Pop without missing a beat, so to speak. Songwriter, Record Producer, and Musician. Known for working with artists such as; Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Ozzy, The Crue, which he co-wrote every song on the band’s ’08 album, he’s even worked with Faith Hill, and  many, many others. But he might be best known for his vocals as the Lead Singer (Voice) of the band “Stillwater” in the movie Almost Famous. And now he opens another chapter heading up, basically a session band out of Nashville, and stealing Steven away from his core fans for some side job. But who am I to judge? I’m probably just a bit “Jaded”…

Joe’s memories of writing and coming up with this Mega Hit song aren’t as rosy as Steven and Marti’s though. Frankly he was more than just a little miffed about it. Mostly he was upset with Steven for keeping him out of the process. Steven tells his own story of why Joe wasn’t present, but as Joe says; Steven’s truth, his story, is usually what fits him best. It’s that type of feeling that effected Joe’s belief in the whole JPP album. Steven went head first into writing with Mark and Marti, while Joe didn’t have much input. This is still a very large pill to swallow for Joe…

Funny how the song plays into that exact feeling. Maybe it is about what Steven feels he did to Chelsea, in not being there. But if you really listen, and know the back story of Steven and Marti, not just there deceit of Joe, but their communal relapses and partnerships, and who those relapses and partnerships affected, you can make an argument, that this song could very well be about Steven and the other members of the band, namely Joe. Again, just a point of view, no real substance to it, and even if there was, you’d never get an admission from any member of that being truth.

The video for the song is a trip. Really ‘artsy’, and really good! I can’t say; “I like it” enough! But even so, I’m not sure I get how it all relates with the lyrics of the song, but I like to think I do. At least as a whole, it does flow really well with the music. It was shot in the Lobby of the Los Angeles Theater, and as far as the video goes, and therefore the song, it tells a story of a young girl who no longer “feels” after losing touch with reality, but would like to “feel” again.

The video was nominated for an MTV video award, along side Limp Bizkit / Rollin’, Linkin Park / Crawling, Staind / It’s Been Awhile, and Weezer / Hash Pipe, losing out to “Rollin’”, however it did receive awards for “Best Hard Rock Clip of the Year” at the Billboard Music Video Awards, and Video of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. There are actually 2 different versions to the video, which have some subtle differences. Who knows, maybe MTV got confused? They’ve been confused ever since.

Absolutely one of those songs that I wish could just go on forever…well, at least another five minutes. This one is best played loud. Turn it up! Listen to Joe and Brad take you on a melancholy journey into the sense of “feeling”. They convey “sight”, “sound”, and even “touch” with Joe, so characteristically bending of chords to create sounds so unique. He and Brad both, take the listener from a sense of confusion, and bitterness to an aura of acceptable. The video, or should I say the Director, helps the listener, the viewer, experience sense of feeling in relation to the other 4 senses. He depicts a story of a girl, or anyone for that matter, who cannot seem to be stimulated beyond her own walls. She is constantly among visual stimulation, but still lacks simple feeling, until she finds a way out from the only thing she knows. And Steven, of course, delivers a whole ‘nother type of sound and experience, not only using his voice as the perfect tool to tell this story, but also as an instrument, to deliver vocal hooks within the melody, like no other.

““You’re thinkin’ so complicated
I’ve had it all up to here
But it’s so overrated
Love and hate it
Wouldn’t trade it
Love me Jaded… yeah… yeah…”

This is; “Jaded”

Number 9 – It Doesn’t Fucking Matter!

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Stop Thinking That Whatever You
Say Fucking Matters! 
They Hear What They Wanna Hear!

Anyone who knows me personally knows me as the kind of guy you “Love & Hate”, although sometimes it might just be “Hate”, and sometimes it might just be “Love”… Most of the time it’s actually both. Very seldom is it one “OR” the other. Difficult for most really.   Ya’ see if you love “OR” hate someone, it makes your decisions easy, but when you actually employ both feelings simultaneously, it can be a really confusing thing…

The reasons for these types of things, I’ve found over my years, are that I will often say what other people only dare to think, but are either not willing to say, or they have the smarts to think twice. This is in no way a piece of advice by the way. In fact, I often tell my kids to practice a little restraint. I know they wish I would take my own advice. But the truth is, I’m gonna’ tell you what’s on mind. I’m not a bully by any means. In fact, I’ll be the first to offer protection against one. However, if you ask for my opinion or thoughts, either verbally, or just by threatening my space, surroundings, or people I care about, you can bet, I’m gonna’ tell you a few truths.

The sad part is, whether we like it or not, whether we want to admit it or not, we’re judged everyday by these types of actions, the actions of speaking our minds. A lot of times, they just ain’t welcome.

I have a saying in life. I use it at work every now and then; When I’m asked to be a team player by a select few Supervisors and managers;
“Sure I’m a Team Player, as long as I’m Captain, and I get to pick my own team… Because if you’re the Coach or quarterback, there just ain’t no way in hell we can win with the guys you picked! Hell, they wouldn’t even start on my team!’… Truth.

Reminds of a story…. The parallels of this band and their songs never seize to amaze me… My recent landlord who was having his own (marital) troubles, gave myself and my family a short notice to vacate, because he now needs a place to live, once his divorce goes through. Don’t get me wrong, as upsetting as this is, I get it. We understand. However that doesn’t help with the stresses in a “Zero Homes For Rent” market.

My landlord gave us this notice in a text. Whatever… doesn’t matter. Still has the same effect. Today though, he texted my wife Mary, he wanted to know “How are things going?”... You can bet, as long as he opened that door, with that question, I fuckin’ told him!

“Hows it going??!! Really??!! By text??!!
Well, how about this?;

I mean no disrespect to your own current marital issues, however, please do not text Mary at work as her supervisors frown on that kind of thing, and we kind of need her paycheck. Especially now! Also, as a front desk person, it is not well received if, and when she breaks down crying.

How are things going?
The market for rental properties, in and around this town of ours, is sparse at best. We are in competition with more affluent people for approval, and we’re not winning.

How are things going?
We truly believed you when you stated you wanted “Long Term Tenants”. And when you said; “Treat the home as if it were yours”. It’s obvious now that was a mistake..

How are things going?
I have already spent over $350.00 just in this one week’s time since you gave us your original text to vacate, just looking for, and paying the fees to just to apply for properties. That number will only continue to climb, as most Property Management Companies and Landlords, need to run credit on each person planning to reside. Not to mention the fact that most Property Mgmt Cos are located at least 15 miles from where we live. Just to get the keys to view, is $40 in gas. Each application costs my family $90.00+. This is in addition to maybe the worst timing of all… Being that I am still out on a Work related Injury, and only receiving a fraction of my regular wages, and also that moniker being a blight on applications filled out.

How are things going?
We are also now facing a very realistic possibility of re-homing our family dogs of 10 and 6 years, or even putting them down, if in fact all we can be approved for at the time, is a home without pets.

How are things going?
If we move outside of Oakdale, that also puts a stronger financial burden on the family, as it may be cost “IN”-effective for Mary to keep her job in town. And Natalie will have to quit hers for sure.

How is it going?
Not well. Not well at all. We are continuing to look each day, all day. We have lost our, already paid non refundable vacations, because when the time comes, it will “hopefully” be used for moving. It’s not going well Tim.

I hope that you and Kari are doing well, thanks for asking.
Mike

Again, this is not advice, it just is…. I have zero problem telling supervisors, managers, or just coworkers, or anyone;
“Just try and be a little bit better than you were  yesterday, if you do just that, maybe by the end of the month, there’s a chance you might actually be good at what you do for a living…”

The world we live in seems to accept mediocrity, and be content with less than acceptable behavior. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no moral compass by any means, but I do think it’s my duty, at least once in awhile to let people know that their idea of success, or even quality, or even being a decent human being can easily be mistaken as blemished goods. So, this leaves me to this song and its message.

I’m gonna try, I really am, but after awhile, once I’m shown that no one else GAF, I’m just gonna say Fuck it!

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There’s a story and a meaning here. But true to Aerosmith, often times its double, and even triple entendre’, leaving it up to the listener to interpret the way they see fit. Well, I know how “I” interpret this one. And the way my life has gone over the past several years, let alone the last week, this one fits like a rubber fucking glove!

The song harkens back to Janie’s Got a Gun, and the battles that Steven and John Kalodner had about the lyrics in the song. John wanted Steven to change some of the words to be more acceptable to Sony; “Put a ‘bullet’ in his brain”, and of course there was  “Monkey”. Steven’s response was; “’Fuck’ is what I say. It’s Who I am. It’s how I talk, it’s part of my vocabulary and I’m not taking it out…”

Sony loved it. But they were both smart enough to know what would play on the radio, and what would sell records.

Another meaning to the song, which isn’t quite as obvious, is that Aerosmith will never shove anything down your throat except for hard rock and roll. The message they’re sending is basically; Take it or ‘fucking’ leave it!  The message in this song is; be true to yourself, people will hear what they wanna’ hear. They’ll see what they wanna’ see. Like I said, they will not lecture you, but if you ask the questions, be prepared for the answer you just might get.

This song is the title track on their first album of their 4th decade. At the 30 year mark, they come out with this album, an album so different, and so very, VERY Aerosmith! It soon became one of the biggest selling albums of all time (for them). It’s powerful, it’s fun, it’s unique, and it’s so fucking relevant, even today! This song’s meaning has been a motto of mine for a long time now;
“Do whatever the f*** you want. Say whatever the f*** you want, nobody really gives a s*** anyway! 
And if they say they do… then they’re f***in’ lyin’!”

I know by now, a lot of fans share my love for this album, although I’m not sure many will agree with this song’s place on my list. I guess my point here is showing the world, my own personality in the songs they write. This song’s presence inside my Top 10 is a statement. It’s a Statement not only of an attitude, but also as a transgression, as maturity, as staying true to yourself. It’s a statement of evolution. At the same time, it’s a statement of; “It doesn’t fucking matter!”

Joe obviously doesn’t feel the same way I do, and that’s cool. Maybe one of the biggest reasons I would just love to talk with these guys over a BBQ. Sure they’re idols. Sure they wrote my handbook, but I’m still me, and they’re who they are. The conversations would be awesome!

“I don’t think we’ve made a decent album in years. Just Push Play is my least favorite. When we recorded it there was never a point where all five members were in the room at the same time and Aerosmith’s major strength is playing together. It was a learning experience for me: it showed me how not to make an Aerosmith record.
-J. Perry”

During a Q&A session in 2011, Joey had some things to say himself;
”I don’t like the cover, but I thought our playing on the album was great”.
-J. Kramer

There was a lot of talk about Aerosmith trying to, or even flat out capitalizing on the Rock-Rap, or Metal-Rap genre of the time, even going back to the RUN DMC days. My personal opinion is a bit different. And maybe I’m just a little ‘Jaded’ by some of these critics, but I can go way back with these guys, and find an almost “Rap” like song intermingled throughout their whole career, at least in substance anyway. No, we may not see any of their early stuff as rap, but then we didn’t see it in Blondie either.

How is “Rap” defined? Is it defined in speaking fast, almost not singing, but still maintaining a melody? Or does it have to be accompanied by an almost intrusive techno bass line. I think you see my point, but whether it be the original WTW, or even as far back as Walkin’ The Dog, or even Get The Lead out, and if you don’t hear that style in Rats then, well… I just think you’re high.  Ya’ see the thing is; these guys aren’t new to this style. And to put some kind “New Label” onto what they’ve done in and out of their whole career… well I think it’s just Journalistic Fraud and irresponsibility.

Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly said that this song, along with 5 others weren’t worth listening to. And the New Musical Express Magazine review of the album said;
“Most of the album is not new, but the album was Aerosmith’s first album to feature “Rap Metal” with songs like “Just Push Play” & “Outta Your Head”.

Then of course we have our good buddy David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine saying that; “they are still a good band and it is lucky for them to still be around… they had not made a “great album” since Rocks, although it came close, as did Pump.

Reading a few fan’s opinions of the song, I think they might get it better than the guys who are paid to;

“Just Push Play is an example of Aerosmith’s determination to remain in the music scene today. The guitar riff is awesome, undeniably Joe Perry, the loop programming gives it a certain edge that makes it catchy, and Steven Tyler seems to derive great pleasure by screaming, f****n A! over and over in the chorus. It’s a great party song, and I listen to it often.”
Gordon – Lake Havasu City, Az


“I like this song. I think Aerosmith is an awesome band…my favorite. Its amazing how Aerosmith isn’t strictly under one genre of music. They are able to dabble in many different kinds of music. They’re genius. They are very creative and aren’t worried about a “label”. I’m surprised nobody else commented on this song.
Donni – Somewhere, Wa

Written by Steven and Mark and Steve Dudas, the song was released as a promo for Just Push Play in 2001, and peaked at #10 on the mainstream Rock Charts, and #38 on Billboard’s mainstream chart.

I absolutely love Joe’s play with sound, and distortion on this song. Let’s keep in mind, and anyone who has ever seen Joe, or watched him in ’75, ’85, ‘95, or ’05 has watched his live playing with distortion. Always trying something new! Always innovative, always looking for an edge, even if it’s improv. For a guy who absolutely hates synthesizers, I love the one in this song, and Steven’s use of Jamaican dialogue, still mostly unknown to me, makes it all work! And if you’re a fan, you have to love the tribute to WTW, in a way, that most critics don’t even recognize, saying to the world;

“This ain’t new… This is who we are… We invented this shit!”

Say what you want about Dodge and commercialism. Personally IDGAF, I love this song, and they sell it! They throw it at you! Take it or fucking leave it! I love this song as much as any Top 10 anywhere!

If you haven’t heard this before strap yourself in…

“She gave you a flower
The one that God gave her…”

“You all up in the Kool-aid
But’choo do not know de flavor…”

“Instead of growin’ old all dapper and neat
I’m gonna grow my hair right down to my feet
It’s you and me baby no pimp daddy jack
It’s cadillac wack no cadillac wack back… oooooh…”

 This isJust Push Play”