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Rod in action at The Riverton Rendezvous, July 2001. 
Photograph courtesy Jay Hagan.

A Thought for Today

Sometimes seeing sunshine only takes looking in a mirror over someone else's shoulder.


Rod is on the road for a couple of weeks and will be back with you at the beginning of September.


I measure success by how well I sleep on a given night. If I have not had to question my motives for any particular action I might have undertaken, or knowingly caused another human being trouble or discomfort, then I am at peace with my God and myself and I fall asleep easily.

If sleep comes hard, then I know the day has been a personal failure...

- from "An Outstretched Hand", 1980

Rod McKuen concert and appearance details can be obtained via the link below.

Concert & Appearance Details

notable birthdays Stanley Baldwin o Tony Bennett o Ray Bloch o Rupert Brooke o Alex Cord o Dolores Del Rio o Les Elgart o Frances Gaar o John Gunther o Jean Hagen o James Hetfield o P.D. James o John Landis o Bethel Leslie o Elsa Martinelli o Jed Mattes o Marilyn Maxwell o Jay North o Gordon Scott o Martin Sheen o Martha Stewart o Leon Uris
Rod's random thoughts Life is easier done than said.

Only when we pause to wonder do we go beyond the limits of our little lives.

Silence never needs improvement.


He wears his heart
so skillfully upon his sleeve
most think it just another pocket.
Only Fred Astaire
could dance through life more easily.
If Dante came to visit
he'd ask him if the room
was warm enough
(that's how much he wants to please)

First he fell in love
with faces in slick magazines
later on he moved to billboards,
then long commercials in between
small portions of the nightly news

Beneath the most enormous moon
October ever manufactured
he found, met, fell in love with
                        and brought home
the girl he would have always
                         dreamed about
if he had known that she existed.
They started to watch TV.
She fell in love with Dan Rather.

- from "Valentines", 1986

Happy Landings - see you tomorrow
1980, 1986, 1988, 1999, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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