Saturday, July 20, 2019

Energizing Rock

Even though today marks 50 years since the first human being set foot on the moon, my lack of energy the past few days has me thinking about another anniversary that occurred earlier this week. 

Although not as monumental as Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, the independent film Easy Rider was released on July 14,1969. 

It opened the door for movies that were a far cry from Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds and happy endings. Pundits have credited the film as speaking for a generation—my generation. It didn’t speak for me, though. I liked happy endings 50 years ago and I still like happy endings. 

That is a post for another time. 

But the song that ushered in the opening credits of Easy Rider, Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild,” still offers me a visceral, energizing experience.

“Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way.”

Maybe having it echo in my head will get my writing motor “runnin’” steady again. 

I hope that my almost 5-year timeout from blogging is at an end. Looking back, I let computer woes, building a new house, and life in general get in the way. Continuing to visit my favorite blogs didn’t happen, either. 

But now the urge is back. I’m working on getting my blogging motor revved back up. I’m also working to relearn techie stuff that had become almost automatic before that extended timeout. 

Embedding You Tube videos is one of the technical hurdles I haven’t mastered yet. So that clip of the movie's opening scenes is thanks to Hubby for walking me through the process. 

And when my motor runs rough or sluggish, I intend to just crank up that Steppenwolf classic on You Tube and head out on the blogging highway anyway. 

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way

Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under

Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die

Born to be wild
Born to be wild



Ginny Hartzler said...

Hurrah!! You GO!! I remember both the movie and song.

Sandra said...

who would not remember the song, they played it over and over. I did not know where the song came from, did not watch the movie. when that came out I was up to my eyebrows in 2 sons in diapers and my 18 year old brother in Vietnam. in my 18 years of marriage I saw maybe 4 or 5 movies and no TV. as my family grew up , I let them and their dad have the TV and I read my books, like now with Bob. ha ha…
Welcome back, and I see you did figure out how to embedd the video because I viewed a minute of it. the sound of the bikes is music to my ears, not so much the song. my music is fifities style

Arkansas Patti said...

I rode a motorcycle for a while and that song always started me off on my adventure. I am so glad you are getting your motor running once more. You were missed.

LC said...

I only rode a motorcycle once, holding on for dear life to the local lawyer who surprised me with an offer for a ride on his Harley. I came away with no desire for Hubby and me to get a motorcycle. But I did recognize the appeal.

Rose said...

I am glad to see you back...I have had some extended breaks myself. Hubby had a stroke in Aug 2016, and thous he survived and is home, he cannot do the things he used to do...lost a lot of vision...but he still has a great sense of humor. I broke my leg last Feb...had three breaks and ended up with fracture blisters...was not allowed to put weight on my foot from Feb 12 till up in May because I had a big wound from the blisters. If you have never heard of them, google Fracture blisters and then click images! Or there are pics on both my blogs.

Rose said...

I was going to say, I love to work to music...always have. And still do.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Yes that movie was very different and after 50 years there is still hatred and bigotry. Great song though.