In Memoriam: Gregg Allman

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Rest in Peace: Gregory Lenoir “Gregg” Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017). Gregg, an American musician, singer and songwriter, began his career in southern rock with his brother, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson,  Dickey Betts,  Butch Trucks, and Reese Wynans. The group took the name The Allman Brothers Band and broke ground in 1969 as the first rock and roll group with two lead guitars and two drummers.

The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their first live album “At Fillmore East.This was the first ever live album released by an American rock and roll group. It was certified platinum in 2004. Continue reading

Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #49

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Sometimes longing for something that is dead and gone is a sad memory and not regret. Feeling love for someone who does not want to love you (anymore) is a kind of pain that just cannot be quantified. Loving deeply can hurt your heart just like sadness sometimes.

Early in 1970 Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger had been working with American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Ingram Cecil Connor III (AKA Gram Parsons of The Byrds). Parsons is best known as a country music genius who may have well been the ‘father’ of Southern-fried rock. The two of them hashed out a song that Jagger says could have been about his newly ended love interest Marianne Faithfull. She was one of the lead female artists during the musical “British Invasion ” in America.

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Moody Blues – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Ever since 1964 when Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, Denny Laine,
Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick first performed as the Moody Blues,
the “marriage of classical and rock” has opened creative doors
and inspired musicians and music lovers on every shore.

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Pathways of Peace

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

There is no substitute for peace in a world of conflict.
The universe will eventually come to rest and then
the Creator will declare peace for all time.

But for now, we mostly just talk about it.

Enjoy this breakdown of how we weave “peace” in and out of our daily conversations:

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There is hope

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The difference between
being on a leash or in a cage
means that either way, this perspective
still makes for a dog’s life.

Under someone’s thumb
causes every effort to seek out freedom
where it can be found
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Back ward mask 003 – lies and truth

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How bad can it get when someone tells a lie?
That depends on how well versed we are in spotting the truth.

There is a ‘Spectrum of Truth’ that can be universally applied
to all that we think, do and say.

Once we have gone down that slimy, filthy road of lies,
the only way back is to come clean,
and then, of course, to stay clean.

The infinite line from the star light of truth to the abyss of treachery is here: Continue reading

Back ward mask 002 – darkness and light

by Lawrence. J. J. Leonard

Speak this phrase into a recorder and then play it backward for the new message: Continue reading