Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Bergman & Mick Jagger – “I was born in a crossfire hurricane.”

What is it like to be born in a “crossfire hurricane?

To me, this is a song for the baby boomer set – people born before John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president.

Then again, as you’ll see with the next post, those in New Jersey of the Bewitched Generation also think if the opening track to Bruck Springsteen’sbest album imho, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

I asked the world’s go-to fact site, Google and asked that question, and this came up

How fast is the Rolling Stones version? Jonson and I measured these tempo charts:
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“In The Air Tonight” | Phil Collins | declassified tempo maps and video link

There are many opinions as to how fast In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins is.

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These are the times I measured it.

To me, the coolest thing about the entry of the drums with a savage rawness that makes this song one that “will outlive [me],” as Phil Collins referred to himself and how the song has become more famous than *he*is.

The universality of being able to feel as though something is going to happen, especially at night, with an intensity that in the hands of most writers doesn’t translate. That is what music is for, correct? To express messages of any kind in a way humans have done far before their were any etchings on any cave walls.

But let me not drown (he’d throw me a lifevest if I was drowning, Phil would)

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That sounds like it could be a bummer, but it is not!  If someone told Shakespeare that in 600 years parents would still be naming their children Romeo and Juliet [and all the other turns of the English language that dates back to and were formed by the creation and performance of his dramas], would he even have believed it?

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