Rock and a Hard Place (Life’s Dilemmas)
Our artist of the month continues to be James Maddock. I want to play “Better On My Own” as a lead in to The Rolling Stones and their “Rock and a Hard Place”
These two songs have an association. Many in relationships think we are better on our own than having to deal with the struggles in relationships. One young man who comes to my office, a thirty-six year old computer programmer, met a beautiful young woman. They fell in love and moved in with each other. Soon they both learned that life wasn’t as perfect as they had first envisioned it. She was bossy. He was laissez-faire. He wanted his space. She wanted his attention. He came to my office thinking he’d be better on his own. But making the decision to leave her put him between a rock and a hard place. He wanted his space, but too much scared him. Being alone had it’s promise but how much longer could he go on and not make a life with someone else. He knew he wanted to be close to someone, to love, have sex, build a future and have children. But could he endure his girlfriend’s desire for a close partnership. He and she were between a rock and a hard place. (BTW, when I was looking for a title for the blog this was one of the alternatives. I think Psych ‘n’ Roll Radio is better. Let me know what you think) But relationship isn’t the only dilemma that we face in life. Job choices, where to live, what vulnerabilities we can reveal to friends and family, where to invest our money and with whom often put us between a rock and a hard place.
Share with us your dilemmas. What has been your rock and hard place. If you have a particularly difficult problem with a dilemma ask your question and Dr. Ike will give you the benefit of his psychological knowledge to coach you through the problem. As always send us your music on the topic or on a related one.
We open our first three-song set with James Maddock once more, and his powerful ballad “What Have I Done?” JM is followed by Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” and finally The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”