MCM 2019/T-Minus 67: Abs

Sunny in the morning when I ride my bike to work, then the threat of rain and storms on the ride home. That’s what it’s been like the past two days; can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

It was kind of nice to sleep in this morning, until I woke up at 0615 all stiff and cranky. I got the workout done, having hit the gym at the Apex Clubhouse at 1840 (6:40 p.m.). Got a banana beforehand and off I went. I pumped up my heart rate and got some burn in, but I had to cut my second set of abs curls short at 8 instead of 12 tonight. Maybe it was how I had the machine set up?

Weatherbug says it’s supposed to be partly to mostly cloudy when I hit the road at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening. Thing is, the storm clouds and their attendant thunder usually appear about 5:30ish this week so far. It’s only a short run…

Song of the Day: Fleetwood Mac/”The Chain:”

Fleetwood Mac’s magnum opus Rumours was a soap opera in and out of the studio. “The Chain” was written when all five members were involved in divorces and breakups, so it seems fitting that it was built from nits and pieces of music put together by all five members of the band (thus being the only song where all five members are credited with writing the song).

The basis was an unreleased song written by keyboardist Christine McVie; when the song needed a bridge, John McVie’s now famous bass line was added. Just as the song was about to be left off the album, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham gave it another listen and added guitars and more lyrics, working backwards from the bridge. Finally, vocalist Stevie Nicks added the finishing lyrics that told the band’s story of staying together through all the hardship. And of course, Mick Fleetwood keeping time with the opening kick drum and building a crescendo through John McVie’s signature riff. Lindsey Buckingham: “The ending was the only thing left from [Christine McVie’s] original track. We ended up calling it ‘The Chain’ because it was a bunch of pieces.” The band fought each other through Rumors, but they really felt for each other too much to say goodbye for good.


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