Eve of Destruction

Yesterday I made reference to the 60’s hit “California Dreaming”, which was written by the husband and wife duo of John and Michelle Phillips. Ironically, the song was not first performed by the Mamas and Papas, the group they headlined along with Cass Elliott and Denny Doherty. It was performed initially by Barry McGuire.

The raspy voiced McGuire is best know for his 60’s protest song, “Eve of Destruction”.  Here it is.

The contrast in the two songs; one talking about escaping to a happy place,and the other warning that civilization was in the process of undoing itself, emphasizes that our societal problems, hopes, and dreams are no different today than they were nearly 55 years ago. Things pretty much remain the same. Our nation remains at war and politics are divisive.

The weather keeps on keeping on, too. Today will not offer any destructive form of weather, but it may have you conjure up dreams of California. Expect sunshine and cold tempertures in the lower 30’s. Friday will be milder but still cold.

Remember as you shiver today this lyric from the McGuire ballad, “You can hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace!”



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