I’m trying out a new featurette here, not as though I need another category of posts. SWYW has problems with focus, as it is. A few months ago I wrote about my harmless addiction to sunflower seeds. From time to time I think I just need to get some stuff off my chest.

So here we go, Confession #1:

I used to be a pretty big fan of Michael Bolton’s. Yes, the late ’80s/early ’90s crooner of such hits as “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “Time, Love and Tenderness, and “Love Is a Wonderful Thing.” I had three of his CDs, including one where he butchered timeless classics — it was actually called Timeless: The Classics — like “You Send Me” and “Hold On, I’m Coming.” Of course, he’d taken to recycling hits on previous albums, songs like “When a Man Loves a Woman” (famously recorded by Percy Sledge), Willie Nelson’s “Georgia on My Mind” (rendered incomparably by Ray Charles) and the Otis Redding classic, “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay.”

I guess he wasn’t all that bad, since five of his albums went multi-platinum. Because record sales always prove whether or not a musician is good.

Michael Bolton and Richard Marx were all I listened to for about a year when I was in junior high. Whereas Marx sang effortlessly beautifully, Bolton sounded as though he’d cough up a lung on every song. Just when you thought he couldn’t go any higher, he’d muscle up like a professional body builder and reach for one more half step.

Ah, Michael Bolton, what’re you up to these days. Probably still straining for one more note.

2 thoughts on “Confessions #1

  1. Since your last confession I can’t help but think of you when I do see sunflower seeds, and I saw an article entitled “50 Rules for Dads of Daughters”  and Rule 24 was definitely something you would have liked.  24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.  Have a fun day!


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