Rock and Roll Never Forgets

admin | March 12, 2010 in Music,Running | Comments (6)

In 1976, I turned twelve. I was running with my dad on a regular basis, makin’ loops around the neighborhood in our small town for two or three-mile runs. We were loggin’ some miles, stretching our legs toward what would be my first real distance event – the eight-mile Dallas Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

I was also stretching out on the piano, getting away from just classical sheet music and picking more songs out by ear. I would make cassette tapes from records on my stereo upstairs, slap them into my dad’s portable cassette player, and carry them down to the living room where the piano lived…and go to work.

Bob Seger’s Night Moves album came out around then. The title cut was the biggest hit off that record. “Mainstreet” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” also made it to the radio. My favorite tune from that record was “Fire Down Below,” rockin’ and aggressive and awesome for a twelve-year-old kid to bang out again and again and again.

Bob Seger’s career took off with that album…and I followed it. More big records and more hit songs. I grew as a musician, nourished by many of those songs. “Sunspot Baby.” “Turn the Page.”

And like every other card-carrying bar band warrior, I have played Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” eleventy-seven thousand times in clubs across the country for many years since.

Then, in 1976, I was running three-mile loops with my dad and picking out Bob Seger’s first hits on the piano.

Now, in 2010, I’m back in Dallas visiting my folks. On Sunday, my dad will be cheering me on at the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon…and just a few weeks ago, Bob Seger was in the audience of our “Southern Voice” tour in Madison, Wisconsin as we performed some of the hit records I’ve played on with Tim McGraw…after first honing my craft…from learning his.

Thank you, sir.

Rock on.

6 Responses to “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”

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  1. Comment by ChristineMarch 13, 2010 at 12:45 am  

    Hey Jeff…I have that “Night Moves” album buried somewhere in a box with all the others, and stored away in some closet.

    It’s funny how things intertwine and come right back at ya years later. Also, how fun to meet Bob Seger; he looks great!

    Be safe, run hard, and “Rock” that race on Sunday!

    Hmmm…now what closet is that box in?

    Ya Gotta Believe!

  2. Comment by JulesMarch 13, 2010 at 6:46 am  

    Hey Babe,
    One more amazing story from you. You have managed to capture my heart yet again, darn you.

    Big hug,

  3. Comment by Stacy — March 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm  

    Oh, Bob Seger…his music sure takes me back. To that little girl playing in the garage while my dad tinkered with his hot rods. Dad had an 8-track stereo on his work bench with huge speakers, and he rocked Seger all the time. I wonder if he still has all those 8-track tapes; I’d say they are stored in a box somewhere….matter of fact, in my teenage years, Bob Seger was one of the first live concerts I ever went to.

    Best of luck to you on your run tomorrow, McMahon! Big hugs to you hun!


  4. Comment by Rachel Fairburn — March 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm  

    Hey Jeff, thanks for sharing this story! Keep them coming 😉 Have a good one my friend! Rachel 😉

  5. Comment by Dave N.March 22, 2010 at 9:51 am  

    Wow, a blast from the past! I saw Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band in 1982 (gasp!) at the Spectrum in Philly. 2nd concert ever. And of course, what would “Risky Business” be without “Old Time Rock & Roll?”

    Keep on runnin’, Jeff, and keep the great stories comin’! YGB, dude!

  6. Comment by Beth G. — March 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm  

    Hey Jeff… In 1976, I turned twelve too. And I still have my “Night Moves” album safely stored in my keepsake box. So many of my favorite memories have a Bob Seger song tied to them. I love how music = life, and even more so when our life journey comes full circle. How cool for you to have come full circle in so many ways this year. Great story!!! Thanks for sharing.

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