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Grand Funk took us by storm in the 1970’s and their music is still legendary, I know it is in my house,  Mark Farner Sketch“We’re an American Band” screams from the ipod on a daily basis.  This song helped Grand Funk get into the homes of a vast array of listeners giving them quite a following, still to this day.

Grand Funk or not, Mark Farner is still going strong & still playing producing some astonishing riffs. I just stopped by the official Mark Farner Website to find that there is now a “Captains Crew Fan Club

Mark’s latest CD – For The People has a line from the that very song that says…”The Spirits of Time…” this post is for all those past spirits, that have served our country and served our needs, protected our lives, unbeknownst to us, giving us our independence!

Think back to 911, the day after, the hour after…..I recall the true genuine concern for others that happened that day. People were blind sided as we watched, and people united and came together that day, they reached out to one another, strangers who held doors open, gave up their places in line.  We need to get back to this type of genuine concern and politeness.

Keeping with his own style and still sporting the long rock & roll hair, Mark continues to be for the people.  I say lift a glass to the spirits of the great musicians, as well as the one’s who continue to lift our spirits when we are down and sometimes just give us good old foot stomping, hair flinging rock & roll to enjoy for years to come.

Happy Fourth of July All!

Remember the people before us, who gave us our independence..

5 Comments

1

very nice sketching and shading , but body posture and head size not matching. You need more practice.

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Don’t we all!

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Hi Susie ~ Isn’t it sad that society comes together in times of trouble (911, 2nd World War…) but when there is no common threat, people seem to have less desire to help and nurture a community, but tend to become selfish and insular. Human nature I guess.

Thanks again for the way you relate music to life.

‘secret’ (Who are you?) ~ Don’t sweat over trivia – get to the heart.

soulMerlins last blog post..Past Lives ~ Part 12

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Henry – you are right, that is heartbreaking and if only people would realize each and every day is to be cherished.

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The Alleycat
August 7th, 2010 at 3:28 am

What can say.
In 1968 I was 12 years old and had just got my first guitar.
I had locked myself in my room and learned to play the Grand Funk Live Album then.
When I would sing people would be in awe because I had worked so very hard to sound like Mark Farner note for note and was able to do so after 1 year.
I had a band that done about 2 sets of Grand Funk Railroad.
Our Drummer also did a damn great job of sounding like Don Brewer his age was 16 and played a double drum set.
Our Bass player was tight with the drummer..
So we played a lot of hard rock underground clubs.
and I would say that we indeed were as load as Grand Funk,
I miss those day so very much.
I never got to see or meet Mark Farner that was sad for me.
I designed a guitar for Farner and hope someday to give back all he gave me.
I now record in my studio doing different kinds of rock country such.
but from time to time I will sing Loneliness, and The Railroad,
and of course Closer to home.Due to my health I do not tour any longer I have done some shows but I have a heart problem that prevents me from long activity.
Thanks
The Alleycat

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