Bob Seger’s and Don Draper’s “Hollywood Nights”

I was listening to Bob Seger’s “Hollywood Nights” while driving in yesterday, really listening to the music and lyrics like I do sometimes. I realized that they (read: the music industry) doesn’t make songs like that any more. It’s a fast paced tune with background singers about meeting a girl, falling in something, waking up with her gone and trying to figure out what to do. He’s got nothing but memories.

No one writes that kind of song anymore. It’s all about chasing someone or breaking up with them. Before and After. And both of those things are going to be permanent. The only thing that’s temporary is the current state you’re in.

But i was reminded of Don Draper’s trip to California for the Space conference and how he ended spending what? 2 weeks out there? I have to go back and rewatch the show to see if Don thought it was temporary or permanent. I mean, he was facing getting exposed back at the office. But isn’t that how things start sometimes: you fall in love with the ephemeral and temporary and you stick with it hoping it will be permanent.

Everything’s temporal now. Maybe that’s why we don’t have songs like that because we already live stories like that IRL. People communicate what they need, not what they have. People want the stability of a relationship or the comfort that what they are going through is temporary.



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