Stand By Me: loyalty versus all kinds of other things

Does anyone doubt that a real friend is someone who will stand by you, no matter what? Does anyone doubt that there are times to walk away from a friend? We hold both statements as self-evident truths and seldom trouble our souls with the contradiction that is implied. Yet in personal and public life weContinue reading “Stand By Me: loyalty versus all kinds of other things”

“Only the Strong Survive”

When Jerry Butler first sang “Only the Strong Survive” in 1968, he was talking about a man with a broken heart learning to pick himself up and move on. The message resonated as his hit reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, with eventual versions by Elvis Presley, the Dutch group The Trammps, and evenContinue reading ““Only the Strong Survive””

“Fame”

I believe that one telling characteristic of a person is the music they enjoy. So how could I not feel the same way about my characters? I think about how Alex likes Motown and bubblegum music from the 50’s and 60’s, just like I think about how he likes sports and physics and making aContinue reading ““Fame””