Music Monday: A lesson from Warren Zevon, the “Excitable Boy”

Posted By on January 6, 2020

WarrenZevon2009Likely most who grew up listening to music in the 1970s remember the late Warren Zevon and his Excitable Boy album. The first song that comes to my mind is Werewolves of London (sharing on this decades first Music Monday post below)but some may remember Lawyers, Guns and Money as well?


I was reminded of his music this past week when reading a Wall Street Journal opinion article offering a bit of “wisdom for 2020.”  I came away with the same thought as the Peggy Noonan, the author – let’s choose to see things as a optimist rather than as a pessimist.

She references the musician Warren Zevon who was dying of mesothelioma in 2002 and was interviewed by David Letterman who questioned how his illness had changed him. Zevon answered that “he’d come to feel awe for the barely noticed gifts we’re given each day.” Letterman asked, “From your perspective now, do you know something about life and death that maybe I don’t know now?” His  answer: “I know how much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich.”

Warren Zevon died a short year later in 2003. I’m going to work at enjoying a few more simple things … starting with this song … 

  Warren ZevonWerewolves of London | 1987 (remastered 2009)


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