Happy Birthday, Sir Roderick!

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017

“Well, a musician’s life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I can’t do that and play football. I plumped for music…” So said the singer who was born on this day in 1945 — Sir Roderick David Stewart. Football’s loss was music’s gain and today is a good occasion for revisiting one of his greatest works, Every Picture Tells a Story, which was released in 1971. The second track on the second side, Mandolin Wind, was written by Rod himself. It’s a simple declaration of love and loyalty in hard times:

“I recall the night we knelt and prayed
Noticing your face was thin and pale
I found it hard to hide my tears
I felt ashamed I felt I’d let you down
No mandolin wind couldn’t change a thing.”

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