"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
For some unfathomable reason, Smitty posted this video on my Facebook wall: So we might as well have a video music fest. "My Sharona": How 'bout some Beatles? Since we seem to be in pure power-pop mode here, how about some Nick Lowe? From power-pop to harmolodic funk. Here's a rare cut, Bell & James, "You Never Know What You've Got," 1978: Did somebody say "funk"? Baby, let's bring the beats -- Heatwave, "Grooveline": Aw, now you got me in that Old School groove, gotta hit the kickspin with some Brothers Johnson,"Stomp": Yeah, the crowd screams, "One more! One more!" Better get ready to get up and jam, 'cause this one's the last groove of the night -- Gap Band, "Early in the Morning":