Good morning and good Monday. As you know, I tend to stay away from writing about politics like Congress avoids looking for the billions of dollars missing in Iraq. I never like to tip my hand about my likes or dislikes among current politicians or presidential candidates. Oh, sure, every once in a while (everyday) I may take a shot at the current administration, but dammit, they deserve it. But this next story really rocked and was so juicy and topical that I just couldn’t light up and leave it alone.
The chief songwriter and founder of the band Boston has more than a feeling that he’s being ripped off by Mike Huckabee. In a letter to the Republican hopeful, Tom Scholz complains that Huckabee is using his 1970′s smash hit song “More Than a Feeling” without his permission. A former member of the band, Barry Goudreau, has appeared with Huckabee at campaign events and they have played the song with Huckbee’s band, Capitol Offense. Now McCain a minute, Eric Clapton said that he shot the sheriff, “and they say that it is a capital offense. Coincidence? I think not.
Scholz, who says Goudreau left the band 25 years ago after a three year stint, objects to the implication that the band and one of its members has endorsed Huckabee’s candidacy. “Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of everything Boston stands for,” wrote Schulz, adding that he is supporting Barack Obama and thinks Kevin Garnett’s injury is worse than what the Celtics are reporting. “By using my song and my band’s name, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. I think I’ve been ripped off, dude!” And where’s my car?
Fred Bramante, who was chairman of Huckabee’s New Hampshire campaign, called the allegations ridiculous. “Governor Huckabee is a free bird and plays “Sweet Home Alabama? Does that mean Lynyrd Skynyrd is endorsing him? He plays “Louie Louie. Does that mean the Kingsmen are endorsing him? To me it’s ridiculous. Never once has he said the band Boston endorses me.” Hmm. Interesting point. Never to hold back their feelings, the one of the Righteous Brothers recently called Scholz and told him, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”
Scholz says that “More Than a Feeling” has been a centerpiece at some rallies and that Goudreau is identified with the band in an endorsement video. “Whenever a campaign publicly exploits a well-known song (“Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’), there is some inference of support by the band or artist,” says Scholz. No wonder Bill Clinton had the poster of Stevie Nicks hanging in the west wing. He recommends that Huckabee “stick to music recorded by far right Republicans.” Governor Huck might want to think more in terms of someone like the “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent. Personally, I’d go with BJ Thomas’ “Hooked on a Feeling.” Or ACDC’s “Highway to Hell.” You know, something from the home of soft rock.
Today’s photo montage starts off with a couple of sunrise shots from late December down at Lighthouse Point. The third shot is the much photographed cypress tree from the same morning along West Cliff Drive. We then continue the rock experience down at Its beach before we move to a sunset at the same spot, with the last shot taken of yours truly by a young aspiring photographer named Aimee Gilbert. She also shot an interesting series of wave shots (her specialty) at Steamer Lane the other day that we’ll see when she makes her six-pic debut but today she’ll have to settle for a single credit.
One more note on Mike Huckabee. Back in 2006 as governor of Arkansas he pardoned the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards on an old reckless driving charge from 1975. When asked why he did it, the governor told the reporter that if he could play the guitar like Richards he would pardon him too. He then added that this small gesture might someday lead to “my being able to give him a full pardon before God for all the things he’s done.” Classy move, Governor. You know, wild horses couldn’t have dragged me away from including this tidbit in today’s blog. So rock on, enjoy the colors and have a fabulous President’s Day.