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FROM 20 February, 2000

 

 

 

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A Thought for Today

Some of us are working lifetimes to erase a work set down in haste that should have never seen the page.

 

Just in case anyone thought Rod had disappeared into the wilds of Wyoming with nary a thought for what's happening back on the ASPTL server, forget it! That's just not the McKuen way.

Prior to leaving for what he laughingly calls his summer vacation (he'll be working) he personally selected every Flight Plan we'll be re-running while he's away. That includes stuff from my regular Wednesday column, the first of which appears today.

Thanks, Rod!

- Ken, Johannesburg, July 18

THIS ONE DOES IT FOR ME / 20 February, 2000

The past few evenings have been spent copying some of my all time favorite song tracks from CD onto my computer's hard drive.

This seemingly simple exercise is not for the fainthearted, particularly if you have limited disc space. Suffice to say that while I now have a glorious collection of music literally at my fingertips, I won't be installing any new software in the foreseeable future. Come to think of it, I won't be doing much of anything short of listening to great music and coding a few Flight Plans. 

One of the tracks now happily residing on my drive is Sinatra's version of "Love's Been Good to Me". When Frank passed away one of our local radio stations aired a three hour tribute to him and I spent the entire show waiting for "Rod's Big Moment". They closed the tribute with it, which was kind of fitting. I'd be hard pressed to select my most favorite McKuen song but if pushed, this would rank right up there with a number of others.

It occurred to me that this is one of the few really popular McKuen songs which we haven't featured on ASPTL before. Time to rectify that here and now and I'll bet you whistle or hum this one for the rest of the day.

- Ken, Johannesburg, February 20, 2000

A REMINDER TO OUR FRIENDS IN EUROPE

Friday July 20 Frank Sinatra Jr & The Woody Herman Orchestra will be in Molde, Norway for a 6:PM concert at Idrettens Hus.

RIVERTON COUNTDOWN

Donít forget Rodís big concert for the summer in Riverton, Wyoming this Saturday night July 21st. 

Linda Becker will be making her office computers available to those who'd like to submit a report back on the show to Ken, so keep an eye out for her and make your arrangements well in advance. Linda, one of the organizers of the event, will be the one looking slightly frazzled but still smiling!

To whet the appetite of the Riverton concert goers here's a pic from the Aurora concert sent in by Simran. Don't you just love the expectant look on all those faces?

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

Concert & Appearance Details

notable birthdays James Brolin o Dick Button o Hume Cronyn o Dion o John Glenn o Screaminí J. Hawkins o S.I. Hayakawa o George ďMachine GunĒ Kelly o Gene Lockhart o Nelson Mandela o Kurt Masur o Elizabeth McGovern o Marvin Miller o Harriet Nelson o Clifford Odets o Martha Reeves o Red Skelton o William Makepeace Thackeray o Hunter S. Thompson o Joe Torre o Lupe Velez o Paul Verhoeven o Jessamyn West o Chill Wills o Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Rod's random thoughts Love isnít bread, itís better.

Suffer silently or out loud but never despair.

Inattention to ideals is dangerous.

LOVE'S BEEN GOOD TO ME

I have been a rover
I have walked alone
hiked a hundred highways
and never found a home.
Still and all I'm happy
the reason is, you see
once in a while along the way
love's been good to me.

There was a girl in Portland
before the Winter chill
we used to go out courtin'
along October Hill.
And she could laugh away the dark clouds
cry away the snow
seems like only yesterday
as down the road I go.

I have been a rover
I have walked alone
hiked a hundred highways
never found a home.
Still and all I'm happy
the reason is, you see
once in a while, along the way
love's been good to me.

There was a girl in Houston
out where the hot wind blows
why I had to leave her
God Almighty knows.
For she could take the long hot Summer
cool it with a sigh
but words have no more wisdom
when it's time to say goodbye.

I have been a rover
you know, I've walked alone
hiked a hundred highways
never found a home.
Still and all I'm happy
the reason is, you see
once in a while, along the way
love's been good to me.

- from the album "Rod McKuen's Greatest Hits Vol.2", 1970

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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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