Rust Never Sleeps

“Rust Never Sleeps” was originally a marketing phrase for Rust-Oleum, created by a kid in the advertising department named Mark Mothersbaugh*. He left his job to form the band “Devo”. Along his journey, Mark shared the phrase with Neil Young. In 1979, Neil began a new chapter,with a new tour, a new double album titled “Rust Never Sleeps”. It was a decade after CSNY performed at Woodstock, almost fifteen years since Neil first hit radar screens in  his band, “Buffalo Springfield.


Music is extremely important to me. And not just music I loved in college, as misleading as the preceding paragraph may suggest. I eagerly consume music from all decades and a broad spectrum of genres. I find myself most drawn to alt-country, alt-rock, folk-rock, and Americana. I also love jazz, some pop and hip-hop. And classic rock. Both original and covers.

When I was a kid, we’d take class trips to art museums. Growing up outside DC, the Smithsonian was our backyard. Our teachers would take us around, showing us some of the most famous paintings in history.

I’d look. I’d feign interest. I’d nod knowingly. The whole time I was bored. No emotional response whatsoever.

Then I’d hear “Fanfare For A Common Man” by Aaron Copland. My pulse quickened. Something stirred inside me and I found myself taking slower, deeper breaths. It could be the tenth time I’ve heard it. It could be the thousandth.

It took me a long time, not to mid-life though, thank goodness, to understand there is nothing wrong with me because visual art doesn’t evoke a certain set of emotions in me.

In honor of the blog’s first week, I’m  going to try and put up a five-song Spotify playlist. Some lists will have themes. Others not. I hope you’ll give them a listen and let me know what you think.

Happy Sunday,


These five songs capture breaking up mid-stream. Hope you like them. Let me know!

For those of the right age, you may be more familiar with Mr. Mothersbaugh for his post Devo-career. Soundtracks for: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Lego Movie. He also made all the music for Rugrats, Beakman’s World, Santo Bugito and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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