Today I am grateful for daily lessons on daily recovery from alcoholism and the people who help teach me and show me these lessons.
As I thought ahead to the letter "Z", I realized I was struggling to come up with musical material. It was easy to think of ZZ Top, but the songs of these "bearded boys" are simply on the fringes of my interest. I do agree "every girl's crazy about a sharp-dressed man" though, and I appreciate that the same 3 men have comprised the band for over 40 years. Kudos to Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard for their longevity and cohesiveness. Incidentally, of the three, Beard is usually not bearded.
Whenever I think of the letter Z on my gratitude lists, my sister Zita comes to mind. When I think about those who influenced the music I listened to, my sister Ruth also comes to mind. I decided to ask the two of them if they had any "Z" ideas or to share.
Ruth quickly came up with a "Z" in Led Zeppelin. Ruth led the way for me into the rock arena, though today she is more of a country fan. Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Immigrant Song and Whole Lotta Love hearken from Led Zeppelin's early heavy rock days. All My Love and Fool in the Rain are less heavy.
Zita weighed in after doing some research herself. I appreciate what she discovered. There was an Australian band called Zoot from the late 1960's. Zita found interesting tidbits about the band neither of us had heard of before. Two members of the band are known to us. Beeb Birtles founded the Little River Band. Zita's favorite song from LRB was Lady. You probably won't be surprised to hear that mine was Lonesome Loser.
The second member of Zoot we know is none other than Rick Springfield. He sure was a cutie!
Zita likes his Jessie's Girl and I would give a nod to Love Somebody. For those of you from our part of the world, Zita also gave mention of Chip's Ballroom. That may spark some memories for some of you. For others, maybe it was Matter's Ballroom.
A big thanks to Zita and Ruth for their musical input and influence, and for being the sisters who had to put up with me the most. I am grateful for the love, laughter, and support we share today.