Of course there are lessons to be learned from rock music. As a songwriter, I know this and I try to use it to everyone's advantage. After all, the songwriters I'm referencing all went through their own stuff and toiled to put it all to paper in a concise and relatively snappy, relatable fashion.
OK, so the five of us, all over 50 or spiraling rapidly toward it, were a bit rusty in the live rock and roll blowout department. Hence our collective idea to relive our youths by attending a Boston/Doobie Brothers concert.
The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air, a reacquaintance with joy we all had been craving since November 22, 1963.
For people of a certain age -- I am one -- the Beatles seven years atop the pop charts precisely tracked the passage from early adolescence to what society said was adulthood: from "Please Please Me" to "Let it Be."
The backstage passes get the fans stirred up. "How did you get that?" they ask. Or even,"Who are you?" or "Why do you get to go backstage?" I usually say, "Well, the lead guitarist is an old friend," and the yearning in their eyes deepens.
Ray Benson has won the battle. He now lives in a world wherein the majority of young people definitely do not hate their parents' music -- and have a deep appreciation for the artistry and aesthetic which he resurrected for the masses.