Monday, April 21, 2014

A Passing Post-Easter Observation

So, your Blog has been driving a rental car this weekend due to the tragic and untimely death of Mrs. Blog's mini-van.

The car is a Volkswagen Jetta™, truly one of the worst cars your PC has ever driven because, oh so many reasons. But, I'm getting it super cheap, so...

But, this car has Sirius XM satellite radio, which is cool. (It also has heated seats, which would be awesome if he didn't live in Southern California.)

Spent the day's travel to and from the BlogSis' house for Easter dinner. Tuned the radio to "The '70s on 7" (which is actually on channel 40 and not channel 7, one of life's small mysteries.) Presumably because it was Easter, there was a whole lot of contemporary, (and by "contemporary" I mean, "written and recorded during The Blog's 50+ year lifetime,) Jesus music.

And your PC observed something...

With the possible exception of The Doobie Brothers' "Jesus is Just Alright," (I say "possible" because I don't know anything about the religious leanings of any of the Bros Doobie,)

("They may not be related, but they do be brothers." Said every clever AM radio DJ, back in the day.)

...All of the best rock and roll music about Jesus was written by Jews.

(This theory does not apply to country music, which is a whole different animal.)

But, think about it...

The gold standard of rock operas, "Jesus Christ Superstar," was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Both, Jewish.

                                         "Godspell," music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.


And a song that is not only one of the best Jesus songs of the last 5 decades...

(Although, if you listen closely, it may be just a tad sarcastic...)

...But, one of the best rock and roll songs of all time...

(Man! That baseline and fuzzy guitar! Purely sublime stuff!)

"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum.

Who was... do I have to draw a picture?

Norman was something of a "one hit wonder."

But, what a hit is was.

Just thought of one more. Not a Jesus song, but a God song.

Recorded by a band whose name some overly imaginative Christianist, evangelical preacher cleverly decoded to mean...

"Knights In Satan's Service"

Better known as...

Three "nice Jewish boys," as Tottie Fields once called them, and one seriously devout Catholic, (that would be "Catman" Peter Criss,) gave us...

"God Gave Rock and Roll to You."

Not their best. Truth be told, the first time your Blog heard it, he said, "That's KISS? Really? That seriously sucks!"

It's grown on me, over the years.

I'll end this post with a digression so far off of the original topic that I don't really know why I am posting it here...

But, here it is, anyway...

Gene Simmons, not just Jewish, but an Israeli born Jew, (who married a "shiksa" who fixes him bacon for breakfast... See "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.") And has, legendarily, had sex with over 2000 women in his lifetime. Maybe true. Maybe not. Who knows?

Legend also says that the scrapbook of Polaroids™ of his conquests resides in his mother's home.

Unlike the rest of his band-mates, Gene has never tattooed his flesh.

"Why?" He has been asked on several occasions.

"Because," Gene replies, "It would kill my mother."

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