Well, here I am again, the clueless dinosaur of The Daily Record. Yes, I will admit it, I didn’t know who the drummer was for Rush.
My colleague, Eliot Duke, who, by the way, wrote a wonderful column last week recounting his memories of Neil Peart, just this morning couldn’t believe when he mentioned Peart’s name that I didn’t have a clue who he was.
Before you begin bashing me, keep in mind it’s all about what you are familiar with and what you’re used to. Just because someone is fully aware of something, it does not mean everyone else is at the same level of awareness.
For example, during our conversation, I mentioned some names I was familiar with that Eliot was clueless. The names included Mickey Newbury, Hank Cochran and Don Schlitz, all country songwriters, none of them Eliot knew.
For the record, Schlitz wrote “The Gambler” for Kenny Rogers, Hank Cochran penned songs such as “I Fall To Pieces” and Newbury wrote songs such as “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye.”
My point is, don’t assume just because you are familiar with something, that the person sitting next you in the office or in the store knows what you do. If you do that, you close the door to the possibility of educating someone to the finer things in life, so to speak.
While the person next you might not know who wrote a classic song you enjoy, remember the same could be said for you. How many of you really wish to see everyone being the same? I mean that would be a boring world.
If we were all fans of the same sports teams, or enjoy the same type of music, there would be no variety or flavor that is unique.
Instead, it would be a world filled with dullness and the mundane. If everyone liked the same things, we would soon find ourselves slogging around much like robots and those who find no joy in anything.
Many times it has been said variety is the spice of life, and in a way, I guess that’s what I’m really talking about here. Regardless of what you perceive as something important, to the next person it could be meaningless. Never in our lives would it be good for everyone to agree that one thing is better than the rest.
If that were the case, we wouldn’t have seen so many improvements to things over the course of history. If we all wanted the same food, there would be no need for specialty places, like Italian, French or other types of food. There would just be the whatsitcalled place.
If we all liked the same team, it would hard as heck to get tickets, that is if the other team even existed at all, or for that matter, if the sport even existed at all. And that would leave everyone with a little less in their lives.
So, the next time you’re criticizing someone for being a believer in something or a fan of something you don’t find appealing, just think about what it would be like if we all felt the same way about everything.
Rick Curl is a reporter with The Daily Record. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-230-2037.