Palladium Concert Contest Winners Announced
Dan from Azusa, CA
So many of John Fogerty’s songs are nothing less than brilliant. You know that when you listen to them for the first time and every song feels like you’ve always had that song in your collective memory. Why, because Fogerty’s songs are archetypical in nature. He taps into our collective subconscious and we respond because we are able to get something from his music that reaches deep into our souls and remains a part of our being.
Truth be told, my husband, son, and I love so much of Fogerty’s work; every song on the album “Revival” is brilliant and like classical music of Mozart, it’s deceptive in what at first appears a simple lyric or musical phrase, but it’s really true genius at work to make it seem so natural at what is not really a simple thing to do… write lyrics and music that appear effortless and yet are deep, thoughtful, and musically sophisticated on a deep level.
While I may not win the tickets (for my husband) to John’s concert in LA next week, it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to convey just how important I think John Fogerty is to the music world. In these difficult times, it’s without reservation that I turn to music to get me through days that are filled with complications and stress.
Please tell Fogerty his audience is listening, always, and we care very deeply about his music.
By May 4th, 1970 my father was fully involved in student activism and was on the field that fateful day when the National Guard fired on students and activists. One of my Dad’s close friends, Alan Canfora, was shot in the wrist that day (he is the man holding the black flag on the field that day, a very famous picture) and changed my Dad’s life completely. Without “Fortunate Son” and other anti-war songs such as Country Joe’s ”Fish Cheer,” my Dad would not have had such a direct influence to do something about the war, and ultimately get involved in the music business later on down the road.
Fast forward to a few years ago when the Iraq war started and I began stealing my Dad’s CSNY, Country Joe, and most importantly CCR records, with ”Fortunate Son” immediately standing out as one of my favorites. I had no idea about my father’s activist past or his presence at the Kent State shootings. It was something he had never talked about with me before. One day, he came in to my room when I was listening to “Fortunate Son” and started to mention how it was his favorite Fogerty tune and began to tell me some of those stories from his past. The stories were so moving that it was the first stepping stone of me following in his footsteps, joining a local anti-war protest group and ultimately following his footsteps in the music business.
“Fortunate Son” was an incredibly large part of both my life and and my father’s, and was the impetus for both of us pursuing music as a way of life and to protest unjust war efforts by the country we live in and love. I have never seen John Fogerty live, and neither has my father, and although he is just appearing as part of the Sound City Players show, it would be incredible to just hear him play even one song and bring my Dad along to the show to have that experience with him.
“Fortunate Son” has become such a massive influence on both my father and I that I cannot think of a single song that embodies what my favorite song of all time would be better than that one.
Thanks again for taking the time to read this and putting this contest together. I love it when artists do great things for their fans and Dave Grohl is awesome for bringing John Fogerty in to this! Can’t wait to see the documentary either!