Leaning Toward Wisdom
Heartache, Find Another Place To Be (I’m tired of being your best friend) (5017)
Dec 19, 2018 · 41 min
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Help me get a Rode Rodecaster Pro from Sweetwater.  Click the image or click here! You can enter any amount you'd like. Thanks in advance! ............................................................................................... In 1977 a singer I knew as a background singer released her first solo record, Just A Stone's Throw Away. She had been singing with some of my favorite artists. People like Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Her name was Valerie Carter. She was 24. In 1980 Jackson Browne released a famous song, "That Girl Could Sing," which was likely about Valerie. She battled drug addiction for years. She died in 2017. She was 64. Track number 3 on that debut record is a song, "Heartache." Click here to listen to the song. Today's show title is a lyric from that song. Valerie, like you and me, knew heartache. Lowell George of Little Feat co-wrote the song. We're not going to end the year on a downer note. Instead, we're going to be optimistic. Not because we stick our head in the sand, but because we're strong enough to face the realities of our pain and heartache. And the reality that for some of us 2018 was a grand year of heartache. Valerie sang that lyric directly to Heartache. "Heartache, find another place to be. I'm tired of being your best friend." She's tired of providing the landing place for heartache. Tired of embracing heartache as her best friend. It's a breakup song with heartache. Is there any better time to give heartache the heave-ho? Here at the end of the year? Ditching heartache isn't nearly so neat and tidy. Would that we could just make up our mind to be done with it. Not so easy. 2018 brought some of us extraordinary heartache. I know some LTW listeners who lost spouses. Some who suffered betrayal from a spouse. Some who endured heavy financial strains. Others who lost jobs. Some endured the heartache of loved ones addicted to drugs. Some were diagnosed with diseases. Heartache knows no bounds. It touches all of us, in a variety of ways. Songs of trouble and heartache resonate with us because it's such a universal experience. As I was listening to Valerie sing the song responsible for today's podcast title, I thought of other songs. Ry Cooder's song, "Trouble, You Can't Fool Me" from his 1979 album, Bop Til You Drop. And there's the song I always think of by Mat Kerney, from his 2009 album, City Of Black & White. The song, "Closer To Love" contains the line, "We're all one phone call from our knees." It depicts a phone call that buckles us, causes us such heartache we can't even stand on our feet. Going Here visit us                                                                                 There are classics like "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers, released on his album, Still Bill, circa 1972. All of us can relate to the lyrics. Sometimes in our lives we all have pain We all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there's always tomorrow Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on Please swallow your pride If I have things you need to borrow For no one can fill those of your needs That you won't let show You just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you'll understand We all need somebody to lean on Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on You just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you'll understand We all need somebody to lean on If there is a load you have to bear That you can't carry
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