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I will continue to watch the History of Chicago, as revisiting it brings new perspectives each and every time I watch it.  To think about the journey, how it started, progressed and took shape up until today, it is fascinating and especially interesting to hear and listen (really listen) to each of the four founding members as they anchored back in time to speak on what resonated with them then, and what resonates with them now.  

The following are my favorite quotes.  What are yours?

I've always thought of Chicago as a family

He had a book of 50 songs!

But Terry Kath's talent was.....amazing

Pick up your own brush...when you get done with that, after you've picked it up, apologize to me that you talked to me that way

Walt...the horns are like one set of lungs and your guitar player is better than me

This is gonna be forever!

I wrote Beginnings on scribble notes I had been carrying around forever

They weren't getting what the horns were...people would come up and ask "where's the strings - how do you tone it with the strings". There aren't strings, they're reeds

Walt was the eternal optimist!

Shut the bleep up and listen

How you gonna have a hit if you don't play somethin'

We would come home for a day and leave for 3 months

Their material was very strong

I was afraid of people..afraid of success I guess

We just want to be a good little ole' rock n' roll band with horns

Success with Chicago was truly remarkable!

I usually mean exactly what I say except when I don't 

It was sort of like a ready-made binge

Something moved me to go to the piano....and this song came out...Just You and Me came out of my fingers pretty much in its entirety...I don't know what power came over me

It has always been a team effort.  Someone always steps up!

Let's record and write whatever we want (one of my favorite lines)

The ferocious force and drive of his playing is what enformed this band and when he was gone, it changed forever

There are a lot of tenor voices in rock and none of them sound like Cetera

Nobody has successful years consecutively for 47 years...nobody.....nobody.....nobody!

I'm still working through losing Terry

Lastly, did anyone tear up when the documentary came to the part when they were introduced at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame?  I certainly did.  Each time I watch it the same things happens.  I tear up......Thank you to Robert Lamm, Jimmy Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Walt Parazaider and all that is Chicago, for opening up your lives and bringing us into your family.

To say I am grateful would be an understatement.  Forever grateful would be more like it.   

 

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  • Foster admitted he softened them up a bit too much. I think most will agree with that, but the big picture is that Foster did his job well. He got them back on the charts. It wasn't a given, and Foster really had no formula going in a producer. He hit upon a huge sound, and it worked. Robert once said that Foster really wanted to be an artist. Foster is quoted as saying the same thing about himself, but admittedly, he couldn't sing. He and Peter made a good "power couple" because Peter provided the voice that Foster didn't have. For everyone else, the success gave them a chance to stay relevant until the times changes and Chicago could get back to being themselves. As a relic of the 1980s, 17 is a damn good record, especially on 180 gram vinyl from Friday Music. :) 

    • Stephanie I admire your views but in terms of Foster's influence it's something that I find staggering. All those records are middle of the road shockers- their original sound diluted into power ballads - look at the videos from those albums? It paid the bills but removed the band from their innovative sound. Look at the last record when RL grabbed backed the reins.

    • I think Stephanie's comment of "he did his job " is really correct. They were desperate to be relevant again - obviously at any cost- and Foster hit it big with the power ballads. I think RL described it perfectly- "it was like being lost in a forest and someone led you out but not where you wanted to be"

      It's that old saying - be careful what you wish for
    • The videos are great relics of their day! It is just too bad, like Lee mentioned in the movie, that the video directors just decided to focus on one person instead of the whole band. The 80s, in general, should be seen in their own sort of vacuum. I can appreciated 17 by listening to it that way rather than comparing it to what came before. How Chicago is able to record now, producing their own material, is a new frontier and a wonderfully creative time. I hope to hear more topical songs on 37, surely there is a lot going on in the world to inspire songwriters right now.  

  • 'The ferocious force and drive of his playing is what enformed this band and when he was gone, it changed forever' - RL's comments resonate most as that was the catalyst for the dilution of the band and the original concept of the band. Most bands release their best music in the early years and what follows is downhill apart from The Beatles & The Dan. What would Terry have said to David Foster ?

    • "What would Terry have said to David Foster" ??

      Ha my guess is 2 words - one is a verb and the other is a noun !
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