John H. McCurdy III's Posts (1)

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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