Tuesday, April 15, 2008

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

Unquestionably, one of the Sammy era Van Halen hits is "Right Now" that came out on their F.U.C.K. album in 1991: well written, strong and sung by Sammy with real feeling. The song was written by Eddie before "Jump" which appeared on their "1984" album. Heavy/big metal rock songs are not known for their great lyrics, and I was somewhat shocked to learn how "pithy" the lyrics are on the early Diamond Dave era albums (but the finished product sure do sound great, which was Dave's primary objective when it came to song writing). But that changed with the arrival of Sammy who seemed to take song writing more seriously (he had a fairly prolific solo career before, during and after his stint with Van Halen).

This song captures the spirit of what it is that inhabits me when it comes to this whole Van Halen thing: live for the moment, enjoy what you've got. When I drop a CD into the truck stereo, I'm there before the stage and no where else. I'm right there and it feels like right now. Everything else, including writing this blog, is simply meant to build the anticipation of that moment when the stereos cranked. And the CDs and the parties on the pass are all meant to build the anticipation for the supreme climax, seeing them play live on stage. Rocket to the stars! On that rare occasion when I do attend their concert, nothing else exists at the moment. Right here, right now.

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"Right Now"
Don't wanna wait til tomorrow,
Why put it off another day?
One more walk through problems,
Built up, and stand in our way ,ah
One step ahead, one step behind me
Now you gotta run to get even
Make future plans, don't dream about yesterday, hey
C'mon turn, turn this thing around
Right now, hey
It's your tomorrow
Right now,
C'mon, it's everything
Right now,
Catch a magic moment, do it
Right here and now
It means everything
Miss the beat, you lose the rhythm,
And nothing falls into place, no
Only missed by a fraction,
Slipped a little off your pace, oh,
The more things you get, the more you want,
Just trade in one for the other,
Workin so hard, to make it easier, whoa,
Got to turn, c'mon turn this thing around
Right now, hey
It's your tomorrow
Right now,
C'mon, it's everything
Right now,
Catch that magic moment, do it
Right here and now
It means everything
It's enlightened me, right now
What are you waitin for
Oh, yeah, right now
(Solo)
Right now, hey
It's your tomorrow
Right now,
C'mon, it's everything
Right now,
Catch that magic moment, and do it right,
Right now
Right now, oh, Right now
It's what's happening?
Right here and now
Right now
It's right now
Oh,
Tell me, what are you waiting for
Turn this thing around




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