About the Book

“In 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War, I entered the Air Force after graduating from college. The military was a great fit for me and I soon found myself on the fast track. In 1980, I was sent to the Pentagon in Washington D.C.   I was a young, fast-moving, Lieutenant Colonel married to my career working 12 hour days and spending most Saturdays at the Pentagon. One dark, early Washington, D.C. morning as I drove to work, I heard Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” on the car radio and realized that my career had become more important to me than my family. I made a commitment to myself that I would value my family more than my career and make decisions that benefited them more than myself. “Cats in the Cradle” was a turning point that put my life back into balance.”

“When ya’ comin’ home Dad?

I don’t know when but we’ll get together then, son

Ya’ know we’ll have a good time then”

That’s one of my life’s experiences that was impacted by music, now what’s yours?
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More About The Book

Listen To The Music talks about how music affects us in ways we don’t always recognize or understand. You know that music makes you happy, music makes you sad, music can motivate and inspire and music can pull memories deep from within your soul. But do you know why?

As you walk through an airport or sit in your favorite restaurant, chances are most of the music you hear comes from the 60's & 70's.  If you attend a classic rock concert by the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, The Eagles or Tina Turner, you will notice more 25 to 35 year-olds than 50 year-old Baby Boomers. The book looks at Generation X, Generation Y and the Boomers and offers reasons why the music of the 60’s & 70’s is as popular today as it was over 30 years ago.

Over 1100 “quotes” taken from lyrics of 750 songs by more than 160 artists can be found in the book. Some lyrics are simply one or two lines while others may be complete stanzas but most contain thought-provoking messages that are as relevant today as they were during the turblent times American's faced in the 60's & 70's.

Our lives unfold in much the same way... Growing Up, Falling in Love, Raising a Family, Living Life, Coping With the Unexpected and Growing Wiser (not older!) and the lyrics fall under one of these six chapters. The appendix contains suggested playlists including Rock, Light Rock, Love Songs and Music with a Message along with Billboard Magazine’s Top 20 Rock and Soul singles from 1960 to 1980 and a list of artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When you purchase the book, readers will also be given a log-in user ID and password to gain access to even more songs and lyrics as well as hot links that will take you directly to Amazon.com to purchase your favorite song.

So why did I write about the music of the 60’s and 70’s? Because music inspires me, music makes me feel alive, music brings back long-forgotten memories, and music changed my life.