I’m not cool and I’m OK with that.
I know this may tarnish my image as a world-class cool singer songwriter forever, but I’ll say it anyway…I’ve never done drugs…not even pot. Of course, I know that means I’m not cool to most people, but I can live with that. And I don’t believe I’ve ever been what anyone would call “hot” either. But I was OK enough to get a beautiful wife. So, bam! Take that naysayers.
Alright. Got that out of my system. It just seemed like something I needed to be completely open and “authentic” about. And now, I can see my audience fleeing to find another much cooler singer songwriter to follow. G’bye everyone. I hope you’ll come back some day. Please don’t tell anyone else what you’ve learned here today. That’s all I ask.
So…why did I never do drugs? (for anyone who may still be here) Well, I can’t take the credit. I give that to God. Thankfully I connected with Him when I was 13, and I wanted to do things and live life in a way that pleased Him. Don’t get me wrong…I didn’t succeed all the time…far from it. But during my teenage-mind-of-mush years I did pretty well. At least well enough to stay away from the substances that would have changed who I was.
It’s not cool to put your faith in the world.
After I became a professional musician and singer songwriter I had lots (and I mean lots) of opportunities to partake…especially pot and cocaine. I remember a time I was playing a very popular spot in Atlanta, Georgia. A very nice looking girl came up to me when I was on break, and said “follow me”. OK…I’m a guy, so I did. We went into another room where she pulled out her cocaine and offered me some. For me that was really weird. I said “no thanks” and that I had to get back to work, and I quickly went back to my keyboard. And there were lots of times when guys would approach me to compliment my voice or songs. When they shook my hand, there’d be a joint in it. Yeesh. They’d probably be more than a little mad to know I flushed that stuff down the toilet.
Back in the 80’s those kind of things were commonplace in the circles I played. They probably still are. I wrote a song about it called “Fly By Night”. And if you’re a Rhyme and Reason Podcast listener or subscriber, you can hear an old hotel recording of it in episode 185. For the rest of you, here are the lyrics…
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