Today is Original Song Monday and my offering this week is a song I wrote when I was in the band Bad Intent. The year was 1990. We were a tight little band playing mostly covers and the first song I was able to propose and have all the guys buy-in was this song Friends. This song showed off the mad lead guitar skills of one Lane Baden, a real maniac guitarist who departed this planet way too soon. This demo version was just me on rhythm guitar and vocals.
Rock in peace little brother Lane…
The subject of friends covers a lot of territory. I, for one, do not make friends very easily. Don’t get me wrong; I am very accessible and, as a rule, I love people and meeting new people. I must have some small part of me that still distrusts expanding my circle too much. There are a lot of people who would say they consider me a friend. I might view them as fond acquaintances. Sometimes it just takes a little time to grow a friendship. Friendship is something that is second only to family in importance to me.
So what is a friend?
We all have our benchmarks. I guess trust is key. What I am comfortable sharing with someone (other than Karen) may differ greatly from what, or how much, you are willing to share with someone. A friend is someone I would stand up for. Growing up, I got my ass kicked more than once defending someone else, and now that I am older (wiser?) I still get mad at injustice, I’m just not as able to do as much about it these days.
But the fire is still there.
I would not kill for a friend. A friend would not expect me to.
I would kill for Karen. Sorry God, but I either break Commandment #5 or #8 on that one.
“Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
One of the truest statements ever and once again, proof that one person can change the world. Candace Lightner, motivated by the senseless death of her thirteen-year-old daughter Cari by a drunk driver, did just that and her legacy continues with every success made by madd.org in their mission to put an end to drunk and drugged driving.
She has made herself a friend to millions. Thank you so much Ms. Lightner, I am just so sorry it took your daughter’s life so early.
Parents can be friends. One of the best things about this whole pandemic situation is that families are spending more time together and tightening not only the familial bonds but growing a sense of friendship and camaraderie that might not otherwise get a chance to germinate. I hope it results in tighter family units and by doing so, the growing of love and peace throughout the world. If it starts at the family level, it can spread faster than any virus.
We should all be so lucky.