It was with great relief that I heard the news that Bob Seger will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For once, they’re breaking away from their hidebound conservative worship of Jann Wenner’s close personal friends and rewarding an eclectic performer who’s not afraid to branch out and write about anything that crosses his mind.
For example, while “Night Moves” is a wistful look back at his teen years set to a chugging three-chord beat, “Against the Wind” is a nostalgic look back at his teen years set to a chugging three-chord beat, and “Like a Rock” is a sentimental look back at his teen years set to a balladic three-chord beat. “Mainstreet”, meanwhile, is a fond look back at his teen years set to a mid-tempo three-chord beat, while “Still the Same” is a regretful look back at his teen years set to a mid-tempo three-chord beat, and “Old Time Rock and Roll” is a clarion call to revive the music of his teen years set to a chugging three-chord beat. As a fitting climax, “Roll Me Away” is a mid-tempo three-chord piece that chronicles the dissatisfaction of a man who misses his teen years.
It’s about time we gave due credit to the far-reaching visionaries who pioneer new fusions of form that provide for the continued evolution of rock and roll. Bravo, Bob Seger! Bravo, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
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