April 17/12

Ozzy Osbourne

Mental wounds not healing
Life's a bitter shame....

-Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train

Ozzy is one of my best teachers. He's highly intelligent and creative. Most importantly, though, he's aware.

To people who try to make sense of the world and their place in it, I think life is a bitter shame, sometimes. Don't get me wrong: in the grand scheme, life is wonderful. But to someone trying to be a good person and still deliver what's expected of them, life can be troubling. It's a lot easier, of course, if you have no ethics.

That's just the point about the rock and roll rebels: they do have ethics. In spite of all the paint on their faces and the weird suggestions towards Satan, etc., they're good people, mostly. In fact, more often than not, they're better people than their detractors.

What gets these rebels so jacked up in the first place is the lying and scamming they see so many "good" people doing every day. So many people pose as being well-adjusted just because they've figured out they can get more that way. I think Ozzy realized that long ago - and he decided he didn't want to be like them. I concur.

With the help of Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley, Ozzy produced a masterpiece. Whether you're listening for meaning or just to bang your head, Crazy Train keeps giving.

Songs with meaning tend to have long-lasting appeal, whether people pay attention to the meaning or not.

Looking good, Ozzy.

lyricsfreak.com and Wikipedia were sources for this article.

By the way: I'm glad to be back; I haven't drawn in weeks. Recent posts have used drawings from much earlier - often months ago. Ozzy is fresh today, though.

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