She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie….

The beginning of the year.  People are making resolutions, looking forward to the future, all that good stuff.  And in the midst of all that looking forward, we’re also looking back.  There’s all the things that went wrong in the past year, all the things we think were our failures.  How will we ever get better?

This year, I’ve decided to remind myself that sometimes, failure is a relative thing.  Just because something didn’t go as wanted or expected, doesn’t mean you have to slap that “failure” label on it for all time.  Think I’m being overly sunshiny and optimistic?  You don’t know me so well, do you?

Of course, I have an example.  Consider a certain guitarist.  Everyone says he’s talented, but he’s managed to go through 6 bands in 7 years.  He has an affair with the wife of one his closest friends.  He develops a heroin habit as well an alcohol problem.  Is this a loser or what?

Um, or what.  It’s Eric Clapton.  Those bands, including the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek & the Dominos, are classics.  Clapton has the unique honor of being a triple inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Not bad for a loser.

And on the off chance that the title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s from Cocaine, a classic Clapton recording written by the also-classic bluesman, J.J. Cale.

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