50 Years, 50 Songs – A Life thru Music



I made it to 50. Fait Accompli.

Another bucket-list achievement, something else to be proud of, and justification for the gray on my head.

Pragmatically, I have more years behind me then ahead, yet enough good memories to make the years ahead be filled with gratitude and grace. My soul is filled, my heart full, and my mind, well, that’s another story.

Life is good.

Life is a Lesson.


I met, dated, wooed, engaged, married and yet have a beautiful Wife (inside and out) that I can never ever tell enough. She is forever always my Amazing Grace – *just check page 55 in Gravitate 2 Gratitude by Carolyn Flower (for proof and understanding), and we have many more years together than apart. 34561_408445976661_509246661_4599860_5602555_n-001

I oft say Fiona is the brains of the/our operation, and I do think I’m quite astute in that statement. Most times anyways…


Together, We created 2 awesome sons, Erik and Iain: that are awesome, terrific, and constantly impressingIMG_3736 us in their growth, maturity, and character.

Unique in their own personalities, they both have characteristics from us, and their own particular traits that make us laughingly smile, even if I do most of it on the inside (an inherent genetic Roe flaw, apparently).


These are my Loves: My family, my four-legged family, and my friends.

Love that equates loyalty, and loyalty that begets love.

Loves that are followed, and only followed by Passions.

Love is always 1st.

My passions, and oft considered indulgences, have over the years been many and varied, but all have been relished with what I believe –  time well invested. Passions that have included arts (writing, drawing, painting and music), photography, some sports (tho most don’t consider fishing a sport), good food, and good cigars. These are passions that I have pursued in between work demands, life responsibilities, and projects that interrupt scheduled programming (that may or not have included some (ahem) health issues). All the while, my Family has been by my side, and Friends at the ready.

This being 50 years that this Soul is celebrating, and even “Bilbo Baggins” recognizes 50 as a unique number (see above, kinda follows my lines of humor as well), I figured the easiest biography (and shortest), is a soulful insight through the music that has made me, well, Me.

Some say that music is a window to the soul, well here I provide you a little more than a glimpse. Sometimes a song is about the words, sometimes the music, sometimes but the mood or rhythm. All of these contain some specific trigger to memories made, and happily I share each of these 50 with you.

I’ve gathered and linked a selection below. They are the charted songs of their years, and all have a special meaning, in one way shape or form.

*(Luckily for me, I have been able to have the good fortune to meet and greet some of this same singers of song, adding to some great memories. I am forever grateful for that.)


Feel free to click and share in my 50 years of musical memories.

To MY…



Thank you for bearing witness, for sharing in my time, sharing in my passions, being part of this gift I have been given.


These 50 years…

1967 Daydream Believer The Monkees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU615FaODCg
1968 The Unicorn The Irish Rovers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EPsuOEH1fY
1969 Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Singers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzj3pOdCOqU
1970 I’ll Be There The Jackson 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-apaIOOoAo
1971 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo
1972 Use Me Bill Withers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hBYTkI-sE
1973 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wZ_b_uUAdQ
1974 Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG9otasNmxI
1975 Black Water The Doobie Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km4-eKvv3EM
1976 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ
1977 Carry On Wayward Son Kansas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_2IdybTV0
1978 On Broadway George Benson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF-tpXvh7ks
1979 Hold the Line Toto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htgr3pvBr-I
1980 Heartbreaker Pat Benatar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy-QmgdUVTI
1981 Ain’t Even Done With The Night John Cougar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CHvDPRWgJ4
1982 Caught Up In You 38 Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg21Rkew874
1983 All The Way Triumph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_WXeQfFBoA
1984 Metal Queen Lee Aaron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6VAHS42XAU
1985 I Can’t Hold Back Survivor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaMcsKtBDwE
1986 Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aJvIFK9-xk
1987 Wanted Dead or Alive Bon Jovi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRvCvsRp5ho
1988 Is This Love Whitesnake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujnH4yNqL8E
1989 18 and Life Skid Row https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O317T6Zlno
1990 Black Velvet Alannah Myles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT4d1LQy4es
1991 Slowly Slipping Away Harem Scarem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K6oXtfjP0I
1992 To Be With You Mr. Big https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6-uJLteKek
1993 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) Meat Loaf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGalkLRdlOs
1994 Baby I Love Your Way Big Mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIxA7M_-ZA
1995 Roll To Me Del Amitri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suzwkw0dYmM
1996 Change The World Eric Clapton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11NA63gLDM
1997 All For You Sister Hazel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f46ulX6uwGc
1998 You’re Still The One Shania Twain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA
1999 Write This Down George Strait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAj-Q_W9AT4
2000 Higher Creed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16lInLZRms
2001 Drive Incubus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgT9zGkiLig
2002 Long Time Gone Dixie Chicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c5b8ZtjwwY
2003 Bring Me To Life Evanescence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM
2004 When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKlj19836_E
2005 As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQrapQ4d0Y
2006 Crazy Gnarls Barkley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w
2007 The Way I Are Timbaland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5rLz5AZBIA
2008 Love Song Sara Bareilles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi7Yh16dA0w
2009 Second Chance Shinedown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H25ORRgLxdA
2010 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQYNM6SjD_o
2011 Lowlife Theory of a Deadman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lxINyZxbgU
2012 Days Go By Offspring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBet1Rv32k
2013 Radioactive Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU
2014 Happy Pharrell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
2015 See You Again Wiz Khalifa w/Charlie Puth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
2016 Human Race Rik Emmett & Resolution 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdWyk2x-DzA
2017 The Thunder Rolls All That Remains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Vs_JoIvjA

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