I Can’t Stand It by Eric Clapton.

I never really listened to Eric Clapton very much. However, I grew up during the release of his 90’s singles which in my opinion, doesn’t come close to his 70’s and 80’s work. I’ve been slowly discovering his older stuff now and today’s entry features one of his well-known hits.

I Can’t Stand It was released as a single on February 11, 1981 from his album, Another Ticket. What a great release time…just before Valentine’s Day, so all those people who got screwed over by their boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives had something to listen to. I can totally see them blasting it in their cars…can you?

The song went to #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and to #1 on Billboard’s newly introduced “Top Tracks” chart for rock songs. It also went to #15 in Canada.

The lyrics describe a man who is fed up with his girlfriend who is constantly cheating on him. I wonder who inspired him to write this!

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Not the Only One by Bonnie Raitt.

Whenever I hear Bonnie Raitt I instantly think of actor Michael O’Keefe. I was most familiar with him as Jackie’s husband, Fred, in Roseanne. Raitt and O’Keefe were married in 1991 but divorced in 1999. I actually didn’t realize they separated until today. Anyways, though I can’t find a source, I’m fairly certain Michael is the man she is with throughout the video. It definitely looks like him.

Not the Only One was released in June of 1991 from her 11th album, Luck of the Draw. The song was written by Irish singer-songwriter, Paul Brady. It became a single in 1992 making #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary and #34 on the Hot 100.

The song describes a woman who believes she’ll end up alone. She can’t seem to find the right man and the relationships never last. But like the old saying, once she stopped trying to find love, the perfect man came along and changed everything. She also discovers that she’s not the only one who feels alone.

I was in a daze, movin in the wrong direction, feelin’ that I’d always be the lonely one. Then I saw your face, on the edge of my horizon, whisperin’ that I wasn’t the only one. The lonely one.

Life By The Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughan

I hesitate to use the word legend to describe any musician who suffers an untimely and sudden death (Hendrix, Morrison, Cobain) because I think it’s more of a sentimental usage. Stevie Ray Vaughan on the other hand, was truly a legendary guitar player who played with such a ferocity and passion that he could make even the most technically fluent guitar players seem like mere child’s play. Passion. That defines Stevie Ray Vaughan. This particular track actually strays completely away from what most would consider his genre. As a guitar player, be it blues, rockabilly or just plain old rock and roll he tore it up like no other I’ve ever seen. What you don’t hear much about is his singing. Though not a particularly gifted singer or one that had a multi octave range, he had passion and belted out every word with all the conviction he could muster. Take a listen to this tune and listen not so much to the guitar (though I dare many others to attempt to get such a fluid sound out of a twelve string acoustic) but more to the vocals. Listen to the melody, the tone and sincerity closely enough and you’ll see exactly what I mean.