Happy Music Friday: Vietnam Edition

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How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man? - Bob Dylan, Blowing In The Wind

Although I wasn’t born until 1979, this is still the music that I grew up with thanks to my parents. There’s something about music of this era that just seems so right — as if this is the way music was meant to sound.

I saw Platoon last night for the first time in over 10 years (in college I decided to watch all of the war movies that I never got to watch as a kid) and I had forgotten about what an amazing sound that time period had. The music reflected perfectly the strains of society and the way America was changing as a nation — more grit, teeth and blood. The youth were expanding their horizons with drugs, sex and ignoring the norms of society in favor of finding their own way.

The times, they were a’changin’.

It also reminded me of the television series China Beach. I really liked that show, although I guess I was a little young for it.

Although not necessarily the most upbeat topics for Happy Music Friday, I still really like the music. It’s thought-provoking and a departure from a lot of the crap we get today. Nothing like a little social justice and self reflection to inspire a good song.

And now, on with the show.

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