The gym can be such an odd place. This morning I had just come out of the shower and was getting dressed when this guy walks by, completely naked (as a lot of guys in the locker room inexcusably do) and just blew out a totally inappropriate and incredibly loud fart! Come on! There really should be some etiquette in the gym locker rooms for god’s sake. Like, no walking around or standing at the sink buck naked, and no farting. Geez.

Whatever happened to the power ballad? I’m not talking about dreck like Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” and the seemingly hundreds of other hair bands who virtually copied that song, I’m talking about the powerhouse 1970s power ballad. It’s gone. Take, for example, Nazereth’s “Love Hurts.” This was actually an old country song written, I believe, by ’50s scribe Bordelueax Bryant. But Nazereth plugged in the guitars and busted out a great version of it in the 1970s:

“Some fools think of happinesss, blissfulness, togetherness
Some fools fool themselves, I guess
But they’re not fooling me
I know it isn’t true, I know it isn’t true
Love is just a lie, made to make me blue……”

Ahhhh…..good stuff. Or – how low must Elton John have felt when he put the pen to paper for “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”:

“It’s four o’clock in the morning, dammit, listen to me good,
I’m sleeping with myself tonight, sick and tired
Thank god my music’s still alive…..ohhh ohhhh ohhh, ohhhh
Someone saved my life tonight……”

What a great song. Imagine that Elton John – who put together an incredible string of number one albums and hit songs, and he cannot enjoy it. That “Behind The Music” episode was just harrowing. Here’s a guy who has it all, but he’s so inward and shy that it takes cocaine to make him “get happy.” Then he just spirals downward (as do most “Behind The Music” episodes at the 30-minute mark!) and is depressed and suicidal for years and years – the guy wrote “I’m Still Standing,” “The Bitch Is Back,” “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” and a host of other rocking, somewhat happy tunes, all the while ready to end his own life. Unreal. Makes me glad that I’m just a regular dude sometimes…….relatively speaking.