Topic: Another Life
James Maddock – Another Life
Hi everyone and welcome back to Psych ‘n’ Roll Radio. We’ve been off line for over a month mainly to revamp the website and make it more user friendly. Songs, videos and other attractions will be available at a keystroke and you won’t have to leave the site. It’ll all be here. Psych ‘n’ Roll Radio will now have another life.
It’s been a rough winter in my neck of the woods — the northeast, specifically Long Island– and many of us have wished for another life: time in warm weather, a chance to be outside and breathe the fresh air, mornings without seeing a blizzard outside the window. “Another Life” is our theme and it’s about dreams for the future, desire for new and different things other than the routine you and I have lived with for whatever many years.
I chose James Maddock’s song first because I attended another one of his concerts (with Willy Nile) and he led off his set with this song. It’s wonderfully upbeat, optimistic, and deals with the subject of change in a beautifully, lyrical way.
We all dream of another life. We all have one part of us a prisoner and one part free. Some of us are blessed to be doing what we’ve always wanted. For me, I wanted to work in psychology, help people through the psychotherapy process and do it in creative and enjoyable ways for myself and my clients. Over forty years, I’ve accomplished this goal. But there was always a part of me knocking on the prison door wanting to get out. The writer-artist , the creative part of me wanted expression. With a profession and a family it wasn’t always easy to let that spirit out, not until recently. It was then that novel writing and this wonderful blog came into fruition.
Maddock’s lyrics are easy to identify with: “But there’s a side of me. One part a prisoner and one part free. There’s only so much a man can be. We all want another life.”
Let’s not call it a bucket list ( don’t like the “gotta get this in before the grim reaper comes,” and besides it’s a cliche’). Let’s just call it our desire punch list– a more active expression of fighting and living than rolling over. Share with us your punch list that helps you leave the prisoner side of you and enables the free. If you feel stuck about organizing a prison breakout then ask Dr. Ike your questions and get some first hand and first rate coaching on the subject. If you’ve succeeded in a breakout from your private Alcatraz tell us your story. As always send us whatever songs you have relevant to this topic.
Here are three recordings that my free associating mind conjured: “Don’t Fear The Reaper” — Blue Oyster Cult, “I’m Alive”– Jackson Browne, “Prisoner” — Lucky Dube.
“Don’t Fear the Reaper”– Blue Oyster Cult
“I’m Alive”– Jackson Browne
“Prisoner”– Lucky Dube