Robert's Insights

Yesterday When I Was Young

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (6)


One could write an entire book based on these penetrating lyrics. Perhaps the most poignant words of all are contained in the last two lines of the song: “The time has come for me to pay for yesterday … when I was young.” Whenever I listen this song, I think of the multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr. Prior to his death from throat cancer in 1990, I happened to read Sammy’s memoir, Why Me? It read like a real-life version of Yesterday When I Was Young.

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Five Easy Pieces — 1970

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Robert Ringer No Comments


“Yeh, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken-salad sandwich, and you haven’t broken any rules.” There’s nothing more aggravating than a waiter who is saddled with the twin deficits of a bad attitude and a bureaucratic mind-set.  A memorable scene from […]

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At Seventeen

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (2)


People generally think of Janis Ian as a one-song wonder, but that one song, “At Seventeen,” is a work of true genius. Whether you’re a man or a woman, Ian’s agonizing words make it easy to envision the painful life she must have endured during her adolescent and teen years.

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